Fierce battles were reported between Afghan forces and the Taliban near Mazar-e-Sharif city in northern Balkh province.
Balkh governor Farhad Azimi said that the Taliban on Saturday morning launched attacks on the city from various directions, but the security forces "bravely resisted" the group.
He said that initially the Taliban made some advances but the security forces repelled their attacks after getting reinforcement.
Taliban also said they have attacked Mazar-e-Sharif from various directions and made some advances.
“We succeeded to curb enemies’ advance. Our air force units also conducted some successful strikes. Currently, the situation is normal,” said Balkh governor.
“Our frontlines remain stable. The people are determined to fight. The security forces are firm to fight,” Atta Mohammad Noor said.
Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammad Noor are leading the fight against the Taliban.
“You will see major changes in Balkh province in the near future,” said Zabihullah Mohmand, the commander of 209 Shaheen Corps.
“We will remain on the frontline until we are alive and we will defend this people and the system,” Dostum said.
Five provincial capitals in the north, including Mazar-e-Sharif, the center of Balkh and Maimana, are still under government control.
Fighting between the security forces and Taliban were reported in Maimana city on Friday night.