Afghan forces kill 302 militants in week as crackdowns against militant groups continue

Li Jiayao

KABUL, March 3 (Xinhua) -- More than 300 armed insurgents have been killed elsewhere in the conflict-strife Afghanistan over the past week as government forces have increased military pressure against militants, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

"A total of 302 insurgents have been killed, 187 others injured and 28 more militants have been captured elsewhere in Afghanistan over the past seven days," the ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the government forces have conducted 111 joint operations involving police, army and other security operatives during which huge quantity of arms and ammunition, including 66 anti-vehicle mines and explosive devices, have also been discovered.

Without providing information on possible casualties of security personnel over the week, the statement said the country's defense and security forces would continue to chase and target anti-government militants elsewhere in Afghanistan.

Increase in the military crackdowns and killing more than 300 militants have been reported after offering peace talks to Taliban by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at Kabul conference on Wednesday to end Afghanistan's more than 16 years of war.

The peace package offered by president Ghani at the Kabul conference has been termed by Taliban as a "ploy to divide" Taliban group and rejected.

Meanwhile, General John Nicholson, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan, has reportedly said that military pressure will continue on insurgents to make the political efforts for peace a success.



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