Security officials in Baghlan said Friday that two villages in Baghlan-e-Markazi district in the province were cleared of militants in a military operation carried out by security forces on Thursday night.
Acting police chief for Baghlan, Abdul Rashid Bashir, said at least 27 militants were killed and 24 others wounded in the operation.
“The areas of Kokina and Qaisar Khel were cleared of militants in last night’s [Thursday night] military operation and now the areas are under full control of security forces,” he added.
Meanwhile, local residents said they are happy that their areas came under control of Afghan security forces.
“The security forces came to our area and took full control. Now all the people can roam here freely,” said Haji Mir Jan, a resident of Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
The areas were captured by the Taliban after they attacked local police check posts a few days ago.