According to local authorities in Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, heavy clashes took place between Afghan security forces, NATO troops and armed militants in Jalrez district.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the incident took place around 11:00 am local time after an Afghan national army vehicle struck a roadside bomb injuring two Afghan soldiers and one driver.

The source further added a convoy of the Afghan national army and NATO troops were attacked by militants while they were on their way from Daimerdad district to Maidan Shahr city.

He said the militants were using the gardens and residential houses to target the convoy of the Afghan and NATO troops. Afghan and coalition forces are backed by NATO helicopters.

In the meantime provincial governor spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the cleaning operation is still going on in Mullah Khel area.

Mr. Shahid further added a vehicle of the Afghan national army struck with a roadside bomb however there were casualties reported.

He also said the operation was jointly conducted by Afghan army, Afghan intelligence and coalition security forces to clean the area from militants presence.

This comes as four people including an Afghan army officer and Afghan police officer were abducted from Jalrez district while they were on their way on Maidan-Bamiyan highway.

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