The Afghan Military claims that the anti-government armed militants have suffered heavy casualties during the operations in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted operations in Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province as part of Walid-25 operations.

The statement further added at least 14 militants were killed and nearly 20 others sustained injuries during the same operations.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least three militants were also arrested during the same operations while a vehicle and two motorcycles were captured by the Afghan forces.

Balkh was among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its districts has started to deteriorate during the recent years.

The anti-government armed militants are active in some remote districts of Balkh where they occasionally conduct terrorist related activities.

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