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20 Taliban fighters killed in Kunduz, Jawzjan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Nearly 20 Taliban militants have been killed in northern Kunduz and Jawzjan provinces, said security officials on Monday. In addition 10 insurgents were wounded.

A spokesman for the Afghan National Army (ANA), Major Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the military helicopters struck the Taliban insurgents’ sanctuaries in Arbab Hashim area of Chardara district on Sunday in which Taliban suffered casualties. Chardara is considered most insecure district of Kunduz province.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by ANA said that three armored vehicles in Kunduz were also destroyed by the Afghan Air Force in which several Taliban were killed and wounded. However, the statement did not provide information about the identities of the Taliban insurgents.

A resident of Nehr Sufi area of Chardara, Abdul Karim, said that the government is not taking stern action against the insurgents to ensure security. He further added that the Taliban militants are parking their vehicles in the civilian houses and the civilians fear that their houses could become target of the airstrikes.

Meanwhile, five militants were killed and five others injured in Jawzjan province.

The insurgents were killed in a retaliation which lasted for two hours on Sunday night in Taraghli area of Qush Tepa district.

Kunduz and Jawzjan provinces are among the insecure provinces in the country. Afghan security forces have launched major attacks to eliminate the militants. Nonetheless, the Taliban come back and carry out their attacks against civilians and security forces.

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