At least 11 Taliban militants including their commander were killed or wounded during a clash with the security guards of Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum in northern Balkh province.
The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants had laid an ambush against the convoy of Gen. Dostum at around 5:00pm local time in Alam Khel, Margin Tapa, Sharsharak, Khanabad, Slaiman Khel, Joi Uzbek, Timorak, and Choba villages of Chahar Bolak district.
The statement further added that the Afghan Special Forces who were conducting operations in the area were deployed to support the security guards of Gen. Dostum.
According to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least 4 Taliban militants including their commander Zalmai alias Sangari were killed and 7 others were wounded.
The security guards of Gen. Dostum also arrested one of the commanders of Taliban and have taken him with themselves to Shebarghan city, the 209th Shaheen Corps said.
One security guard of Gen. Dostum was also killed and two other were wounded during the clash.