KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan security forces have killed eight Taliban militants, including an insurgent's divisional commander, during an ongoing operation in northern restive Kunduz province, provincial police spokesman said Sunday.
"The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have cleared four villages from Taliban militants and eliminated eight militants in Aliabad district during an ongoing operation during the recent days. Twelve militants have also been wounded during the clashes during the period," spokesman Hijratullah Akbari told Xinhua.
A militants' vehicle was destroyed and 11 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were found and defused during the operation, said the spokesman.
The province has been the scene of heavy clashes in recent years.
Violence lingers in the war-torn country even as peace talks between the Afghan government delegation and Taliban representatives are being held in Doha, capital of Gulf state of Qatar.
The Taliban militants have been trying to overrun small towns or districts across Afghanistan and consolidate their position, launching hit-and-run ambushes against security forces.
They have not commented on the report yet. Enditem