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At least 25 Taliban militants were killed and 12 others wounded during a counter-attack offensive launched by Afghan government forces in northern Baghlan province during Friday night, the Ministry of Defense confirmed on Saturday.

During the operation supported by Afghan Air Force, a militants’ vehicle and some amount of arms and equipment were also destroyed, the ministry said in a statement.

Hundreds of armed Taliban fighters have attacked and tried to capture Baghlan in recent days but their attacks were repulsed after the government dispatched reinforcement to the war front in the restive province.

The militant group has not made comments so far. Violence lingers in war-torn Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO troops are leaving the country.

About 3,500 U.S. forces and 7,000 NATO troops will be withdrawn before Sept. 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that drew the United States into war in Afghanistan.

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