15 militants killed in N. Afghan clashes
Sunday 19th of March
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, March 19:(Xinhua) - At least 15 Taliban militants were killed and 12 injured during separate clashes with army in three Afghan northern provinces within 24 hours, an army source said on Sunday.
"One militant was killed and two others injured in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province on Saturday," Nastraullah Jamshidi, a press officer of army's Corps 209 Shaheen based in the region, told Xinhua.In neighboring Baghlan province, seven militants were killed and 10 others wounded after army cleared several villages from militants' presence in Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
Seven other militants were killed during clashes in Pashton Kot district of Faryab province.Some four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines were also defused within the period, Jamshidi noted.
The Kunduz province and neighboring Baghlan and Faryab provinces have been the scene of heavy clashes over the past couple of months as Taliban has been trying to challenge the government forces in the once relatively peaceful region. The Taliban militant group has yet to make comments.