Kabul: As many as 11 Taliban militants have been killed since Sunday during joint operations by Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops in the country, authorities said Monday.

"Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army, NDS or Afghan intelligence agency and coalition forces launched seven joint clean-up operations in Kabul, Parwan, Kandahar, Helmand and Zabul provinces, killing five armed Taliban insurgents and capturing 14 other suspects over the past 24 hours," Xinhua quoted the Afghan interior ministry as saying in a statement.

They also found and seized weapons, it added. At least six other Taliban were also killed during an clash in Kunar province, said a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) press release.

In another development, the joint forces captured a Taliban weapons facilitator in Kandahar province earlier Monday, an ISAF release said. "The facilitator supplied weapons, ammunition and equipment to insurgents for attacks against Afghan and coalition troops," it added.


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