Afghan officials say international and Afghan security sweeps Friday and Saturday across the country killed at least 25 insurgents.
In the Sangin district of Helmand, troops killed 10 insurgents and captured a high-level Taliban commander named Mullah Mohammad Hassan. Officials say Hassan was involved with attacks against troops in the northern part of the province.
Eight more militants were killed and two others captured in the Surkh Rod district of Nangahar province. The government said several more were killed in security raids over the past 24 hours in various parts of the country, including at least seven in northern Baghlan province.
In the eastern Ghazni province, meanwhile, the Interior Ministry says insurgents killed five Afghan guards on Friday while they were escorting a convoy of oil tankers.
The ministry said its forces killed six insurgents who had been involved in the attack.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.