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Air raids kill 13 militants in Afghan eastern province

KABUL, Jan. 9, 2017 (BSS/Xinhua) - Up to 13 armed militants were killed and seven others injured as government forces aircrafts targeted Taliban hideouts in the eastern Ghazni province on Monday, said a statement from the Afghan Defense Ministry released on Tuesday.

"Air forces raided Taliban's hideouts in Waghaz district of Ghazni province on Monday, killing 13 armed insurgents and arresting seven others," the statement asserted.

During the strikes a vehicle, four motorbikes and an ammunition's cache of Taliban were also destroyed, the statement added.

Afghan security forces have stepped out their military operations in winter to weaken the insurgents abilities ahead of spring and summer commonly known as the fighting season in Afghanistan.