FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Taliban insurgents launched massive offensives on Shuhada and Khash districts of Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province early Sunday but the attacks have been repulsed, provincial government spokesman Nik Mohammad Nazari said.
"The Taliban rebels launched massive offensives on Shuhada and Khash districts at 1:00 a.m. local time today but the attacks have been repulsed and the insurgents retreated after leaving 17 bodies behind," Nazari told Xinhua.
According to the official, 10 insurgents were killed in Shuhada and seven more killed in Khash district.
The official also admitted that four policemen had been killed in the two districts.
Ten more militants and six policemen have been injured during the gun battle, the official added.
Cleanup operation is going on in the said districts, Nazari further said.
Taliban militants who have intensified activities amid intra-Afghan talks in Doha have yet to make comment. Enditem