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The official statement noted that five of those killed had affiliations with the Islamic State
According to reports, as many as 25 militants have been killed in war-torn Afghanistan over the past 24 hours. Afghan Defence Ministry noted at least 23 injured elsewhere.
The official statement noted that five of those killed had affiliations with the Islamic State (IS) while the rest identified with the Taliban.
Afghan officials recovered and defused ammunitions including nine pieces of anti-vehicle mines.
Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government's unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban.
Ghani said the ceasefire, which lasted 18 days after it was extended once and overlapped with the Taliban's unilateral three-day truce for Eid, had been "98 per cent successful".
"The ceasefire is over. The Afghan security and defence forces are allowed to restart their military operations," Ghani told reporters.
(With inputs from agencies)