KABUL- About 51 Taliban militants have been killed in fresh military operations across Afghanistan within the past 24 hours, said the country's Interior Ministry today morning.

"Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out cleanup operations in Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours. As a result 51 armed Taliban members were killed, 32 wounded and five others were arrested by the ANSF," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. The security forces also discovered and confiscated light and heavy rounds ammunition, according to the statement. The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

Furthermore, Afghan police detained four armed militants in northern Kunduz province overnight, a police spokesman in the province told Xinhua earlier on the day, adding the captured militants tried to attack a security checkpoint in surrounding areas of provincial capital Kunduz city.

Meantime, Taliban outfit in a counter-claim has rejected the ministry's statement. A Taliban purported spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, told local media that the statement was not true. The Taliban-led violence continues in Afghanistan. Security forces have pressed on to clear the militants in restive provinces. The Taliban responds by bombing and armed attacks.