Heavy clashes erupted among the Afghan security forces and the Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan late on Wednesday night, inflicting casualties both on the militants and the security forces.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Qala Zal district at around 3am local time on Thursday.

The statement further added that the attacks were launched in Gansh, Afghan Tapa, Tapi Afghan, and Mazar areas of the district.

The Afghan forces responded to the attacks leaving at least 13 militants and 16 others wounded, the 209th Shaheen Corps said.

At least four commanders of the group identified as Mawlavi Khaksar, Qari Zabiullah, Ahmad Zia Waqari and Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Khalid were among those killed.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, the local residents did not suffer any casalty during the clash but three armed forces embraced martyrdom and two others sustained injuries.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants yet to comment regarding the clashes.

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