The Afghan forces repulsed a major Taliban attack on Darqad district of Takhar province in the North-east, killing or wounding at least 17 militants including two key commanders of the group.

The Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on Qara Tapa area of Darqad district late on Wednesday night.

The statement further added that the Afghan forces effectively responded the attack, killing at least 11 militants including Qari Qadir and Qahrman, the two key commanders of the group.

The security forces also killed 6 Red Unit militants of the group and wounded 6 others during the clash.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said an Afghan soldier also lost his life during the clash and 6 others sustained injuries.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the clash so far.

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