KABUL, April 11 (Xinhua) -- At least 46 militants were killed amid military operations launched by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

"In past 24 hours, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) launched seven counter-terrorism operations in five provinces. As a result 46 armed militants were killed and 21 others were wounded," the ministry said in a statement.

They also found and seized weapons, according to the statement, but it didn't say if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

The raids were launched in Achin district of Nangarhar province, Ghoryan district of Herat, Darzab district of Jawzjan, Tirinkot district of Uruzgan and Sayyad district of Sari Pul province, the statement added.

The Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants recently, as spring and summer known as fighting season, are drawing near in the central Asian country.

Taliban militant group has yet to make comments.