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21 militants killed in Afghan operations

KABUL - KABUL (AP) — The Afghan Defense Ministry says 21 militants have been killed in three separate operations in the Central Asian country's fight to combat the resurgent Taliban.

The ministry said in a statement that attacks by Afghan and NATO forces on Sunday killed eight insurgents in southern Helmand province and six in eastern Ghazni province.

Afghan forces also killed seven militants in northern Kunduz province on Sunday. The north has become more violent in recent months as the Taliban and other militant groups have expanded their targets beyond the turbulent south and east.

The ministry did not report any casualties for Afghan or NATO forces, and did not go into detail about the attacks.

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