The Ministry of Defense has announced that joint operations of the Afghan army and the Afghan intelligence operatives are underway in the vicinity of the 6th police district of Kunduz city and Gul Tapa area of the province since last night.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense, the operations were launched based on repeated requests of the residents of the 6th police district of Kunduz city and Gul Tapa area regarding the activities of Taliban militants, mainly involving extortions.
The statement further added that the coalition forces are providing air support during the ongoing operations and at least 58 militants have been killed in Qomandan Dawood and Talwaka villages and Gul Tapa area so far.
Some of the key commanders of Taliban identified as Qari Qeyamuddin, Qari Yahya, Qari Amir, the shadow district chief of Taliban Gultapa, Zainullah, Obaid, Ehsanullah and Haroon are among those killed, the Ministry said, adding that 15 fighters of the Red Unit of Taliban are also among those killed and the dead bodies of some militants are still left in the area while others have been buried local residents in Talwaka and Tabra Kosh Villages and the injured militants are being treated in Doctors Without Borders clinic.
The Ministry of Defense also added that the compounds of militants are currently under the siege of Afghan armed forces and clashes continue in the mentioned area and some foreign militants including Pakistani and Tajikistani nationals have also been killed during the clashes.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense said four Special Forces soldiers have also lost their lives during the clashes and five others have sustained injuries.