More than 60 Taliban militants have been killed over the past three days as government forces launched aerial and ground operations against the armed outfit in parts of the northern Kunduz province over the weekend, police said Sunday.
According to Kunduz provincial police chief, 10 armed militants have been killed and five others were injured as air strikes targeted Taliban hideouts in Khan Abad district, Saturday night.
“The Aerial operations were conducted in Khan Abad district late Saturday night, killing 10 Taliban rebels on the spot and injured five others,” Kunduz provincial police chief Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh told reporters.
He also added that operations against militants have led to liberation of several villages in Chardara district over the past three days.
However, the official didn’t provide details.
Meanwhile, an army spokesman in the province, Abdul Khalil, in talks with media confirmed the operations and said more than 60 militants have been killed and more than 30 others injured in Khan Abad, Dasht-e-Archi and Chardara districts over the past three days.
The official also confirmed that three security personnel have been killed and six others injured during the operations which have been continuing in the said areas.
However, Zabihullah Majahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, in contact with media confirmed the clash in the said districts, claiming that the militants have inflicted huge casualties to security personnel.
Taliban militants who briefly captured Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province 250 km north of Kabul in September, according to political observers, have been attempting once again to overrun the strategically important province along the border with Tajikistan.