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Afghan Officials Say 50 Taliban Killed In Joint 'Clearance' Operations

Two bombs explode at dusk on a Taliban fighting position above Kamdesh in Nuristan Province on June 11.
KABUL -- Afghan police say 50 suspected Taliban militants have been killed since early on June 11 in what they described as security "clearance" operations.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said joint operations involving the Afghan National Army and NATO-led coalition forces left 30 armed militants dead in the provinces of Baghlan, Logar, Ghazni, Kandahar, and Zabul.

The Afghan National Police said its officers discovered and defused roadside bombs and an explosives-rigged motorcycle in Badakhshan, Nimroz, and Badghis provinces.

In Helmand Province, Sangin district police chief Mohammad Sharif told RFE/RL that 20 Taliban fighters were killed during an eight-hour battle that began when militants attacked from the nearby district of Musa Qala.

Sharif said two local Afghan police were killed in that battle.