At least sixteen Taliban insurgents were killed in a  clearance operation in Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday, Wardak police said in a statement on Wednesday, reported Tolo News. 

According to the statement the operation was conducted by Afghan police, the army, special forces and commandos. 

So far sixteen Taliban insurgents have been killed including key commanders Qari Yousof, Qari Mustafa and Qari Farid who got their military training in Pakistan, the statement said. 

Three other insurgents were seriously wounded, the statement added. 

During the operation ten villages were cleared and the operation is ongoing in Ali Khel, Zamni, Zeyolat, Ismail Khel, Mohammad Noor Khel and Dar-e-Kuhna Khomar villages. 

No report of military or civilian casualties was provided.