MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AA) – Gunbattles between Taliban insurgents and security forces killed 13 people in the northern Afghan province of Faryab, officials said Saturday.
Nine militants and four policemen died during clashes in the Gorzaiwan and Almar districts, Mohammad Naeem Andarabi, provincial security chief in Faryab, told The Anadolu Agency.
At least 21 others were wounded, some of whom remain in critical condition, Andarabi said.
He said the Taliban deaths included three of its most prominent commanders in the region.
Coming to prominence in Afghanistan in early 1990s, the Taliban movements have been waging a war against the Afghan and Pakistani governments as well as foreign forces deployed in Afghanistan.
They were virtually in power in Afghanistan from the mid-1990s to 2001, when a U.S.-led invasion toppled them. Following several years of decline, the group has resurfaced as a formidable center of insurgency against NATO-backed foreign troops and the government in Kabul.
Afghanistan security forces have launched a large-scale operation to combat the insurgency.
On Monday, at least 52 people including 49 militants were killed in fighting between Taliban militants and security forces in eastern Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, officials said.
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