At least 36 Taliban militants were killed and 18 others were injured following military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces. The operations were conducted jointly by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives, Khaama Press reported. Interior ministry following a statement said the operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Maidan Wrdak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktia and Herat provinces. The statement further added nine Taliban militants were arrested and various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives were confiscated during the operations. Afghan national police forces also discovered and seized five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the operations in Laghman, Takhar, Paktika and Herat provinces. Interior ministry said the IEDS were recently planted by Taliban militants to carry out insurgency attacks.