Nearly four dozen Taliban militants have been killed in clashes with Afghan forces across the war - ravaged country, Interior Ministry says.Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday that at least 46 militants were killed in the latest security operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours.
" In past 24 hours, Afghan National Police backed by the national army and the NATO - led coalition forces have conducted a series of operations in Kunar, Kapisa, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktika and Herat provinces, which left 46 armed Taliban dead, " the statement read.At least seven militants have been wounded and 27 others made captive during the operations, the statement noted. The authorities, however, did not mention whether there were any casualties on the side of Afghan or foreign forces. The Taliban militant group has not yet commented on these developments. Local Afghan security forces are increasingly taking the lead in security operations ahead of the expected withdrawal of US forces next year. Elsewhere, a senior intelligence officer has been gunned down in the northern Kunduz Province. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the assassination. Meanwhile, in Kandahar Province, at least five police officers lost their lives when one of their comrades open fired on them. Attacks on Afghan forces and officials have risen in recent months. Several officials and police chiefs have lost their lives in militant attacks. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror in 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.