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31 Troops, 81 insurgents killed in fresh offensives in Afghanistan

IANS  |  Kabul 

At least 31 members of the security forces and 81 rebels were killed, while dozens of others were wounded in three offensives by the insurgents earlier in the day in the northern and central Afghanistan, an official told the media on Monday.

In the northern province, the had launched an overnight attack on a security check post in district, killing 13 people and wounding 15 others, according to

police confirmed the attack but claimed that only two policemen were killed and four were wounded in the attack, adding that all 11 insurgents were killed by the forces, news agency reported.

Dozens of the militants had also carried out an attack at the centre of district, in northern Jawzjan, and laid siege on government buildings and security outposts, according to

"Eight of our security forces were killed and three injured, while 10 Taliban were also killed and 13 were injured," said Khashi, adding that the area was currently under the control of the insurgents.

A similar offensive in district, in central province, left 10 Afghan troops - including the - dead, whereas 60 insurgents were killed and a hundred wounded, according to governor's

"Some parts of the district fell to the Taliban but the security forces could successfully defend the district center and a counter attack was also launched to recover the lost territory," Mangal added.

Taliban confirmed the three attacks in two statements, claiming 126 security forces members were killed.

The Taliban are, however, known to exaggerate the extent of damage following their attacks.

Three weeks ago had offered a ceasefire proposal to the insurgents.

The Taliban are yet to respond to the offer, and operations and insurgent attacks have continued in the meantime.

According to the US, the controls about 56 percent of the country and the Taliban controls 11 percent, while the rest of the territory is under dispute.

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 22:04 IST
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