At least nine militants were killed during the clashes and airstrikes in northern Kunduz and northeatern Badakhshan provinces of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said Thursday that clashes broke out between the security forces and the anti-government armed militants in Aqtapa area of Chahar Bolak district in northern Balkh province, leaving one militant dead.

The statement further added that the air forces also carried out airstrikes in Kiran Majan district of northeastern Badakhshan province, leaving at least four militants dead and two others wounded.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, a commander of the militants identified as Karimullah was also among those killed.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban group have not commented regarding the clashes and airstrikes so far.

Both Kunduz and Badakhshan are among the relatively volatile provinces in northern and northeastern parts of the country where the anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out terrorist related activities.


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