Afghan army kills 14 insurgents in restive province

Li Jiayao

KABUL, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen insurgents were killed and 15 other wounded after Afghan army launched an operation in southern province of Helmand, the defense ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said on Twitter that five vehicles and five motorcycles were also destroyed during the raid conducted in Nad Ali district, west of provincial capital Lashkar Gah city.

Helmand, notorious for poppy growing, is also a known Taliban stronghold.

Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants as the Taliban militants and Islamic State (IS) fighters have been attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions ahead of the winter in the mountainous country.

The Taliban militant group fighting security forces in Helmand has yet to make comments.


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