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At least 25 Taliban militants killed in clashes with Afghan forces

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- At least 25 Taliban militants have been killed in separate clashes with Afghan security forces, government officials said Saturday.

In operations in various provinces around the country, 10 militants were wounded, while another three were arrested, Khaama Press reported.

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Six militants were killed and seven injured in northeastern Badakhshan province, said Ahmad Naweed Frotan, a spokesman for the provincial governor. While Badakhshan has been a relatively peaceful province in northeastern Afghanistan, the Taliban have recently increased insurgent activity in the area.

Another 19 militants were killed and three injured in joint military operations by Afghan national security forces in six provinces.

Three insurgents were arrested in the operations in Kunar, Laghman, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Logar and Helmand provinces, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Afghan National Police discovered and seized light and heavy rounds of ammunition, including improvised explosive devices, the ministry said.

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