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5 militants killed in eastern Afghan operations

2012-09-25 03:03:24 GMT2012-09-25 11:03:24(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KABUL, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops have eliminated five militants in operations launched in eastern Afghan provinces within a 24-hour period, the coalition forces said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Afghan and coalition forces killed five insurgents, detained one, located two weapons caches and cleared seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours," coalition's Regional Command-East (RC-E) said in the statement.

The operations were launched in eastern Logar, Laghman, Ghazni, Khost, Paktia and Nangarhar provinces.

The operations in RC-E are still ongoing, the statement added.

However, the Taliban insurgent group, which announced the launching of an annual spring offensive from May 3 against Afghan and NATO forces, has not to make comments yet.

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