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Afghanistan: 52 Taliban members killed in one day

From Elizabeth Joseph, CNN
updated 6:50 AM EDT, Wed March 27, 2013
Taliban fighters stand handcuffed near seized weapons at a police headquarters in Jalalabad on March 2, 2013.
Taliban fighters stand handcuffed near seized weapons at a police headquarters in Jalalabad on March 2, 2013.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • An additional 45 Taliban members are wounded
  • Officials say 21 others are arrested
  • The operations involve national police, army and coalition forces

(CNN) -- A blitz of attacks across Afghanistan led to the deaths of 52 armed Taliban members in the past day, the Ministry of Interior said Wednesday.

The operations were carried out by Afghanistan's national police, army, National Directorate of Security and NATO-led coalition forces, the ministry said.

An additional 45 Taliban members were wounded and 21 others arrested.

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Authorities also confiscated ammunition and improvised explosive devices in the sweep, which spanned 10 provinces, the interior ministry said.

On Tuesday, the Afghan government said 23 armed members of the Taliban were killed in the previous day.

In southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said at least one of its members died Tuesday after suffering injuries in an insurgent attack this week.

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