The Afghan security forces killed 12 Taliban militants including two key commandes of the group by retaliating to an attack in northern Balkh province, the Afghan military said.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Afghan forces responded to a coordinated Taliban attack on security posts in Dawlatabad district of Balkh.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 12 Taliban militants including Hamidullah alias Sadid, the shadow deputy district chief of Taliban for Dawlatabad.

The security forces also killed Qari Ghani, one of the key commanders of Taliban who was in charge a group of 12 militants, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that clash continued for several hours during which another Taliban commander, Mawlavi Noor Mohammad, sustained injuries together with 4 other Taliban militants.

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

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