At least eight insurgents were killed during “Alburz 12” operation in Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, local officials confirmed on Sunday.
In addition, 12 other insurgents were wounded.
The operation was launched on Saturday in Nawawari Taraki village of Chamtal district of the province to clear the area of insurgents, a spokesman for the military in the north of Afghanistan, Nastratullah Jamshidi said.
“Mawlawi Matiullah, shadow governor of Taliban for Balkh is also among the injured insurgents. The clashes are still ongoing and the Taliban are being driven from the area but are fleeing to Jawzjan province (which borders Balkh)," said Jamshidi.
“Two Afghan security forces were also wounded in the clashes,” Jamshidi said.
In the meantime, local officials said that “two public forces were also killed in the clash with security forces.”
The Taliban has not yet commented on the clash.