17 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

May 24th, 2012 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, May 24 (IANS) At least 17 Taliban militants have been killed in a countrywide military operation in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said Thursday.

As many as 54 rebels were arrested, Xinhua reported.

Weapons including AK-47 rifles and anti-vehicle mines were seized. The ministry did not say whether security forces suffered any casualties.

The Taliban had announced the launch of a “spring offensive” starting May 3 against Afghan and NATO forces.

Over 800 militants have been killed and more than 1,450 detained so far this year, the ministry said.

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