By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Afghan Defense Ministry (MoD) said that the Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties in clashes in Kunduz province.
In a statement released on Friday, the MoD the clashes started after insurgents attacked security checkpoints of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) on Kunduz-Khanabad highway.
According to the ministry, the Afghan forces conducted clearance operations along the highway in the last two days to crackdown the Taliban presence.
At least 38 Taliban militants were killed, and 16 others wounded during the raids, the MoD added.
“The Afghan National Army forces have pushed back the Taliban attacks and cleared the area of Taliban and number of anti-personnel mines planted by the Taliban were neutralized as well,” the statement said.
The ministry, however, did not provide details about the Afghan forces’ casualties. The Taliban has commented in this regard yet.
This comes as clashes between the Afghan forces and the Taliban fighters have intensified in recent days.
On Thursday, the Taliban attacked security outposts of the public uprising forces in Khwaja Bahauddin district of Takhar province, martyring at least 13 forces and an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier and wounding six more.