ANA soldiers among 215 killed in Laghman in a year

JALALABAD (PAN): About 162 insurgents suffered causalities during 35 military operation conducted by Afghan forces in eastern Laghman province last year, an official said on Tuesday.
Eighty-six militants were killed and 76 others wounded during offensives that led to the capture of 158 individuals in connection with different crimes.
Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview that the detainees had been handed over to judicial and law-enforcement organs.
“Three would-be suicide bombers were among 83 suspected militants arrested,” he said, adding civilians and security forces also suffered causalities in 52 roadside bombings. At least 268 landmines were defused.
Seventy-five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 38 wounded, according to Zwak, who linked most of the army casualties to roadside bombings.
Fifty-four civilians were killed in different security incidents. Thirty-two deaths resulted from road accidents and other crimes. The official said 22 civilians perished in security incidents.
Hundreds of heavy and light weapons, thousands of kilograms of explosives, eight vehicles and four motorcycles were seized from fighters.