A total of 109 personnel of the Afghan National Army (ANA) had been killed in one month period in the insurgency-hit country, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. "Over one month period from June 22 to July 22, a total of 109 ANA personnel including officers and soldiers had been killed, with majority of them in roadside bomb and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks throughout the country," General Zahir Azimi told reporters in a weekly press conference here in Kabul. The latest number announced by Azimi shows a sharp increase in Afghan army's casualties as one month back from May 22 to June 21, only 68 personnel of ANA had been killed during military operations and insurgent attacks in the war-torn country. However, Azimi did not provide information about Taliban casualties, only saying "Army soldiers have also captured a total of 619 Taliban over the same time table besides finding and defusing dozens of roadside bomb and IEDs and destroying 144 kg of explosive materials all over the country." Taliban, whose regime was toppled in a U.S.-led military campaign in late 2001, have intensified their activities since the militant group announced to launch spring offensive from May 1 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan. Only on Tuesday, eight insurgents, including a key Taliban commander in northern Faryab province named Mullah Abdul, were killed by army elsewhere in the country, according to a statement obtained by Xinhua in the press conference. "Army personnel besides eliminating eight terrorists on Tuesday July 26 in southern Helmand and Kandahar, eastern Nangarhar and Wardak and northern Faryab provinces, also found and defused 25 IEDs and destroyed over 700 kg of explosives," the statement added. Also on Tuesday, a roadside bomb and Taliban attack left one army soldier dead and injured four other ANA personnel elsewhere in the country, the statement said.