11 militants killed in N. Afghan clashes: gov't

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-27 15:37:19|Editor: xuxin
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KABUL, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 11 Taliban militants were killed and nine others wounded when clashes erupted in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province during Saturday night, the country's Interior Ministry said Sunday.

"Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANSDF) came in contact and clashed with Taliban terrorists. The clashes caused 11 militants killed and nine others wounded," the ministry said in a statement.

Those among the wounded were a Taliban local leader named Mullah Jora, who served as Taliban shadow district chief for neighboring Qarqin district, the statement said, without adding if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.

Taliban militants, controlling parts of the mountainous province, use rugged terrains and mountains as hideouts and frequently launch hit-and-run attacks against security forces.

Fighting rages across the war-torn country and clashes between security forces and Taliban have been continuing in most of the country's 34 provinces since early April when Taliban launched a yearly rebel offensive.

The militant group hasn't made comments on the report so far.