Afghan air and ground operationsAt least 33 militants were killed in air and ground operations of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the past 24 hours.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least 29 militants were also wounded during the operations which were conducted in Faryab, Herat, Baghlan, Helmand, and Maidan Wardak provinces.
A statement by MoD said at least 18 of the militants were killed and 21 others were wounded in Garzewan district of Faryab, while 7 others were killed and 3 more were wounded in Shindand district of Herat.
The statement further added that 3 militants were killed and 5 others were wounded during a separate operation in Dand-e-Shahabuddin district of Baghlan.
At least 4 militants were killed during an operation in Greshk district of southern Helmand province, MoD said, adding that another militant was killed in Nerkh district of Maidan Wardak.
According to MoD, a soldier of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces also lost his life during the operations.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.
The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have stepped up crackdown on anti-government armed militant groups to suppress their insurgency activities amid deteriorating security situation.