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139 Taliban militants killed across Afghanistan

About 140 members of the Taliban militant group have been killed in a series of Afghan army operations against the extremists across the country.

Provincial police chief, Brigadier General Abdul Rahman Sarjang, said on Wednesday that 120 Taliban terrorists have been killed in an offensive in the Marjah district of the southern province of Helmand since Monday.

“We have had a lot of achievements from this operation and we will continue until we free Marjah from Taliban,” he added.

Sarjang also said that the main road leading to the restive district, which remained blocked for two years, is now open to traffic.

The top Afghan security official further noted that police forces have beefed up their presence in Marjah, giving assurances that Taliban could not stage a comeback.

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