Twenty-one armed rebels were killed, 12 injured and three arrested during separate operations by security forces in various parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.
Coming hard on the heels of the commencement of Taliban’s spring offensive, the operations were conducted in Helmand, Logar, Khost, Paktia and Kandahar provinces during the past 24 hours.
A Taliban commander, Mullah Shahzada, was killed and two of his associates were wounded when they stormed a police check-post in the Kalasang area of Lashkargah on Friday night, a police spokesman said.
Col. Abdul Ahad Chopan told Pajhwok Afghan News three more insurgents were killed and three others injured during an operation in the Deh Adam Khan area of Greshk. A policeman was also wounded.
The Ministry of Defence said Afghan troops conducted offensives in Logar, Khost, Paktia, and Kandahar provinces. In a statement, the ministry said 17 fighters were killed, seven injured and three others detained.
It added an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was also killed in a roadside bombing. But the Taliban said two policemen were killed in a bomb blast.