13 Taliban militants killed in S. Afghanistan

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-18 14:24:09|Editor: zh
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LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen Taliban militants have been killed and eight others wounded in a series of security incidents in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, provincial government said Wednesday.

In one incident, in Nad Ali district's Torpul area on Tuesday, a group of militants attacked a security checkpoint, but faced a crushing counterattack from government security forces, leaving eight fighters dead and five others wounded, the government said in the statement.

Separately, militants lost three fighters, while three more wounded in a direct confrontation with security forces in Nahri Sarraj district's Jahanzib Camp vicinity, the statement added.

Elsewhere, in the troubled Garmser district, two Taliban armed men have been killed while attempting to plant a roadside bomb to target a security forces' convoy crossing the Atum Darab area.

Violence decreased in Afghanistan after a peace deal was signed between the United States and the Taliban as well as a joint declaration issued by the U.S. side and the Afghan government in late February.

However, sporadic clashes and fighting occur in countryside as Taliban militants have been attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions.

The militant group has yet to make comments.