At least 28 insurgents were killed and dozens others wounded in separate clashes with security forces in different parts of the country, officials said on Sunday.
Sixteen militants including Taliban commander Mullah Zubair were killed and 13 others wounded in a cleanup operation in Chahar Dara district of northern Kunduz province, Police Chief Maj. Gen. Ghulam Mustafa Mohsani told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Many villages had been cleared of militants’ and security forces retook check posts that were earlier captured by Taliban, he added.
However, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed killing of 12 Afghan Local Police (ALP) including Abdul Hameed Hazara, director of anti terrorism department and injuring 17 others.
He confirmed one militant had been killed during the clashes. One enemy tank and vehicle had been destroyed during the clashes, he said, adding soldiers were also killed in firefight.
Locals demanded immediate halt to fighting because most of the farmers could not go to work in their fields.
Elsewhere, seven militants were perished and nine others injured in clash with police in Pashtoonkot district of northwestern Faryab province, Police Chief Col. Mohammad Elham said.
He added Mullah Bismillah, Mujahid and Qari Wali Mohammad were among those killed in the gun battle.
Separately, five rebels were killed and ten others wounded in an offensive in northern Sar-i-Pul Province, Governor Abdul Jabbar Haqbin told reporters.
He said the operation was conducted in the Kula Khana area of Kohistnat district.