QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Taliban massive offensive on Balamurghab district in the western Badghis province has been repulsed and the militants after leaving 53 bodies behind fled the area, a local official said Tuesday.
"Hundreds of Taliban rebels launched a massive and coordinated offensive to capture the stratigically important Balamurghab district late last night but fortunately the attack was repulsed in hours and the militants after leaving behind 53 bodies retreated to the mountains," District Governor Ahmad Zia Akazai told Xinhua.
A Taliban commander Qari Ahsanullah is also among those killed in the fighting, he added.
Nearly 50 more insurgents sustained injuries in the firefight lasted for few hours.
Taliban militants have been fighting government forces in several parts of the country to regain power are yet to make comment on the report.