KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- A total of 10 militants and two civilians were killed as a clash erupted in Taloka area of the northern Kunduz province on Sunday, security officials in the province said Monday.
The government forces, according to Brigadier Jan Agha, a national army commander in the troubled province, launched cleanup operations in Taloka area on Monday night, killing 10 armed militants and wounding seven others.
Several villages have been cleared of the militants, the official asserted.
Without providing more details and possible casualties on security forces, Jan Agha added that the ongoing operations would last until the area is cleared from insurgents.
Meantime, a local police commander Mohammad Nasim, in talks with Xinhua contended that the armed insurgents in retaliation opened indiscriminate fire on villagers killing two civilians.
Taliban militants have yet to make comments on the situation.