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Eight Taliban members killed in police operations across Afghanistan

March 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 9 (UPI) -- At least eight Taliban militants were killed in military and police operations across Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

Afghan National Police, with the army and the National Directorate of Security, conducted joint operations "to clean some areas from terrorists and enemies of peace and stability" in Kunar, Kandahar, Zabul and Helmand provinces, the statement said, adding ammunition and improvised explosives devices were seized.

At least seven people were killed, and eight injured, when a civilian vehicle struck a roadside bomb Sunday in southern Helmand province. Although the local Taliban typically uses such explosives, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident, the Afghan Khaama Press reported.

A major car bombing plot was foiled, and seven suspects were arrested Sunday in southern Kandahar province, the National Directorate of Security announced. It added militants were intending to attack election campaign events using car bombs.

Rocket and grenade launchers, remote control devices and other weapons were seized in the arrests, the directorate said.

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