19 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Kunduz Airstrike

At least 19 Taliban insurgents were killed in an Afghan air forces strike in northern Kunduz province on Friday night, local officials said.

In addition, eight other insurgents were injured.

The air strike took place in Chahar Dara district of the province to clear the insurgents in which 19 Taliban insurgents were killed, provincial police chief Abdul Saboor Nasrati said.

“Five foreigners and a woman were among the dead,” he said.

The operation comes after insurgents increased their activities in northern Afghanistan in recent months.

On Thursday, officials at the Ministry of Interior spokesman said that large-scale battles are underway in Chahar Dara and Dasht-e-Archi districts of this province in order to re-take control of seized districts from the Taliban.

More troops have been sent in to help, they said.

Security institutions have also sent further troops to Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in order to re-take districts there that have been seized by the Taliban.

The Ministry of Defense has said that major battles in these provinces are being conducted by foreigners. They said that fresh ANSF troops have been deployed to eliminate them.

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