KABUL, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Militancy and counter-militancy have left 39 people dead, mostly the armed opposition fighters, in the conflict-riddled Afghanistan over the past two days, officials said Friday.
In the latest waves of violent incident, 16 people including six security personnel and 10 militants have lost their lives as clash erupted in Dasht-e-Archi district of the northern Kunduz province on Friday, district governor Nasrudin Nazari said.
According to the official, eight more security personnel have been injured in the fighting.
Similarly, the government forces, in crackdown against the militants, launched airstrikes on Taliban hideouts in Ghormach district of the northern Faryab province on Thursday, killing 10 militants including a Taliban key commander Qari Nasir alias Ansar, provincial police spokesman Abdul Karim Yurash reported Friday.
Moreover, reports emanating from the troubled Faryab province confirm the dead of 13 people including four civilians and nine insurgents due to a mine blast on Thursday.
Police spokesman in the northern region Sayed Sarwar Hussaini asserted Friday that a Taliban mine exploded accidentally in Namusi area of Pashtunkot district, Faryab province on Thursday evening, killing 13 people including four civilians and nine insurgents on the spot and injured few others.
However, locals put the number of casualties as high as 16 including 11 insurgents.
Both the anti-government militants and the government forces, according to Afghan observers, would do their best to gain ground and consolidate positions ahead of icy winter in the mountainous country.