"During joint cleanup operations conducted by Afghan police, army and the coalition troops, 57 Taliban insurgents were killed, 10 wounded and four detained over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

The raids took place in Baghlan, Kunduz Nangarhar, Kapisa, Sari Pul, Jawzjan, Kandahar and Helmand provinces to clear the areas from militants, the statement said.

The joint forces also found weapons and ammunition, the statement said, without stating that whether any member of the forces was hurt in the operations.

Earlier on Friday, the administrative chief of Dasht-e-Archi district in Kunduz province, Sheikh Saddruddin, was killed along with three others in a suicide bombing.


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