Published On: Thu, Jul 12th, 2018

31 troops, 50 Taliban terrorists killed in Afghan clashes

Kabul: At least 31 security force members and 50 Taliban terrorists were killed and 15 other officers were wounded in several attacks on checkpoints in northeastern Afghanistan, officials told the media on Thursday.

The Taliban captured several local police posts and an army base

Coordinated attacks on several checkpoints and an Afghan security forces base in Kunduz province and neighbouring Takhar began early on Thursday, said spokesperson of Takhar governor, Sanatullah Timori.

“Bodies of 31 security forces and 15 injured have been evacuated to Takhar hospital,” Timori said.

According to Timori, the Taliban captured several local police posts and an army base.

He said the terrorists withdrew after a brief shootout, following the arrival of more troops and added that the area was under government control now.

Hanif Rezaee, spokesperson for the 209th Shaheen Corps, in-charge of northern Afghanistan said that at least 50 Taliban terrorists were killed in the clashes, but reduced the number of fatalities among Afghan forces to 15.

Terrorists first destroyed a bridge in the town of Pul-e-Momin, located between the provinces of Kunduz and Takhar, to prevent the reinforcements from reaching the area and then attacked the checkpoints, said Rezaee.

Afghan Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the attack on a message on Twitter and claimed the insurgents took control of five checkpoints and killed and wounded 16 members of the security forces.

On June 9 several Taliban attacks on checkpoints in the Kunduz province had killed at least 14 policemen and eight insurgents.

Afghanistan is going through one of its bloodiest phases following the end of the NATO mission in 2015.

NATO forces were currently present in the country only to help with training Afghan forces.

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