Afghan soldiers trace militants during operation in restive district: official

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ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan, July 25 (Xinhua) — Afghan national security force members have killed 19 militants and destroyed many of their hideouts during an operation currently underway in Afghanistan’s southern Arghandab district, local police said Saturday.

“A join operation launched by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) is underway in Arghandab district, in the northern part of Kandahar city, capital of southern Kandahar province,” Niaz Mohammad Mujahid, police chief of Arghandab, told Xinhua.

The police chief added that clashes broke out in a couple of villages to resist the operation, leaving 19 Taliban militants killed and 11 others injured.

“Three Afghan police officers were martyred and two police wounded since the raid was launched a couple of weeks ago. Three civilians were killed and two wounded when a Taliban improvised bomb struck a vehicle during the period,” he said.

The operation will continue before the areas are cleared from the presence of militants, he added.

Security situation has been improving in Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, over the past years, as security forces have conducted search and cordon operations across the province.

But the militants attack government interests in the province from time to time. Enditem

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