Officials on Wednesday said taliban militants killed at least 12 soldiers in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz.
Councillors Mawlawi Abdullah and Safiullah Amiri said four others were also wounded in the overnight attack on a national army checkpoint in the Imam Sahib district of the province.
According to the officials the Taliban has been in control of parts of the district for a while.
The Afghan Ministry of Defence confirmed clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban in the district but spoke of only one Afghan soldier dead in the attacks.
The Taliban continues to attack Afghan and international forces inspite of the group saying that the recent release of their key members would help with the Afghan peace process.
The Afghan government is hoping that the exchange will result in direct talks between the state and the militant group.
However, the militants’ spokesman in Doha-based office, Suhail Shaheen, tweeted on Tuesday in reaction to an Al Jazeera TV report that the release would not lead to any direct talks with the Afghan government.
The Taliban have long dubbed the government a puppet regime.
Edited by Hadiza Mohammed (NAN)/Ifeyinwa Omowole
Afghan gun battle kills 7 militants in southern Helmand province
Seven militants have been confirmed dead as a clash erupted in Gereshk district of the southenr Helmand province on Tuesday, district police chief Mohammed Ismael Khapalwak said.
The clash, according to the official, broke out early Tuesday morning and lasted for a while and the militants fled away after leaving seven bodies behind.
Taliban militants have yet to make comment.
In similar clash, three militants were also killed in the neighboring Sangin district a day earlier on Monday, according to local officials.
Afghan police arrest 19 criminals
The Afghan police have arrested 19 criminals across the country over the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said a statement on Sunday.
The arrested, who were involved in different crimes ranging from theft, robbery and disturbing public orders, have been taken into custody for investigation, the statement added.
A number of arms and ammunitions including six pistols have also been seized from the criminals, according to the statement.
Acting Minister for Interior Massoud Andarabi said that police would spare no efforts to enforce law and order in the war-torn country.
Iran summons Afghan envoy over offenses on Iranian embassy in Kabul
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned Afghanistan’s ambassador to Tehran over recent offenses against the Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, according to Tasnim news agency.
During the meeting, Iran’s Foreign Ministry representative expressed concerns about the impact of such moves by some Afghan political groups on the neighborly relations between Iran and Afghanistan.
A number of Afghan political groups recently caused offenses on the Islamic republic’s embassy in Kabul and other missions in Afghanistan over the death of some Afghan nationals who were planning to enter Iran “illegally” last month.
Besides, the gathering protested against what they called mistreatment of Afghan nationals by Iran’s security forces after three Afghan migrants were killed and a number of others injured when a vehicle of human traffickers crashed in Iran’s central province of Yazd.
Taliban attack kills 7 police in W. Afghan province: official
Seven Afghan policemen were killed in a Taliban militants’ attack in the country’s western Ghor province Friday night, a local official confirmed Saturday.
The incident happened late on Friday night, when a group of Taliban militants launched a massive attack on a security checkpoint in Abak area of Pasaband district, district chief Fakhruddin Khan told Xinhua.
“Seven policemen were killed, one was wounded and another was missing in the brutal attack led by Mullah Ahmad Shah, the Taliban’s deputy shadow governor for Ghor and Mullah Mustaf the militants’ divisional commander in the province,” Khan added.
Taliban militants have also suffered casualties during the overnight clash, the district chief noted, giving no details about the exact number of casualties on the militants’ side.
The province, 360 km west of the country’s capital Kabul, has been the scene of heavy clashes for long years.
Violence is lingering in the war-torn country after a peace deal was signed between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar late in February, which paved the way for a phased United States force withdrawal.
According to the agreement, all United States and NATO forces will withdraw from Afghanistan by July next year, but a batch of United States troops may remain in Afghanistan to provide security for United States diplomatic mission.