The residents of Khost clashed with Taliban militants leaving at least 18 insurgents dead or wounded.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement that the residents of Ismail Khel in Mandozai district clashed with the militants.

The statement further added that the residents of Ismail Khel resisted Taliban militants who were looking to inflict casualties on the area residents.

Furthermore, the National Directorate of Security said the NDS Special Forces also assisted the local residents during the clash.

According to NDS, the Ismail Khel residents and NDS Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and wounded 12 others.

The security forces also confiscated some weapons and munitions following the clash.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.

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