Afghan military kills 52 Taliban militants

(170414) -- NANGARHAR, April 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- An Afghan military vehicle patrols near a checkpoint, 2 km from the explosion core area in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, April 14, 2017. At least 36 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed after the U.S. forces in Afghanistan struck their position with a large bomb in eastern Nangarhar province, the Afghan Defense Ministry said on Friday morning. (Xinhua/Rahman Safi) (djj)

Kabul:  At least 52 Taliban militants, including two key comanders, were killed by the Afghan Army in Ghazni province, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

“Up to 52 Taliban terrorists were killed following three separate Afghan National Army commando operations and airstrikes against since early Saturday,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying.

The two commanders were identified as Abu Khalid and Qumandan Sarhadi, it added.

The province, 125 km south of Kabul, has been the scene of heavy clashes and fighting for long.

The Taliban has not commented on the development yet.