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    Monday, 2 July 2018

    63 insurgents and Six Afghan Soldiers killed in ANSF operations: Afghan ministry

    Six Afghan National Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in a road side landmine explosion while 64 insurgents have been killed in Afghan National Security Forces operations.
    A statement issued by the Defense Ministry Monday morning does not contain information about the exact location of the explosion where the soldiers were martyred but states that it happened in past 48 hours.
    Statement further states that 63 insurgents were killed and 31 others injured during confrontation with the military in past 48 hours.
    158 Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) were also discovered and defused by the military during the past 48 hours, the statement adds.
    In the mean time, Interior Ministry in a statement issued Monday morning states that one insurgent was killed, another injured and five arrested in police operations in past 24 hours.
    As per the statement, the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Paktika, Ghazni, Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Kunduz, Takhar and Sar-e-Pul provinces with the assistance from the Afghan National Army and personnel of the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
    Four IEDs were also defused by ANSF in Kunar and Khost provinces, the statement adds.Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement on Sunday that at least 63 insurgents were killed in the past 24 hours during clearance operations by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) across the country, reported Tolo news.
    According to the statement in the past 24 hours, the forces conducted 13 joint operations and 13 airstrikes against enemy hideouts. 
    The ministry claims that during the operation 33 insurgents were also wounded. 
    The operations were conducted in the Ghazni, Khost, Maidan Wardak, Pakita, Uruzgan, Badghis, Farah, Faryab, Takhar, Kunduz, Nimroz and Helmand provinces, MoD said. 
    The ministry said that during the operations weapons caches and hideouts were destroyed.
    The ministry did not provide further information regarding casualties among security forces or civilians.The Taliban has also not commented on the operations. 
    This comes after President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday announced the end of the ceasefire and ordered security forces to resume operations across the country. 
    Speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Ghani said: 
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