"Afghan National Police, army and intelligence agency, supported by the NATO-led coalition troops, conducted several cleanup operations, killing 42 armed Taliban militants, wounding eight and arresting 11 other suspects," the ministry said.

The raids were conducted in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Sari Pul, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Paktika, Paktiya, Herat and Helmand provinces, it said.

Three militants were killed early on Monday when Taliban attacked a foreign forces' base in Nangarhar province. Several trucks and oil tankers were destroyed in the attack, Afghan officials confirmed.

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