Lots of Taliban fighters were eliminated in fierce overnight fighting between Afghan forces and militants who attacked multiple checkpoints in the insurgent bastion of Kandahar, authorities said Sunday.
Taliban militants assaulted checkpoints in 5 districts surrounding the city of Kandahar, which Afghan forces countered with heavy air and ground attacks, the ministry of defence stated in a declaration.
” The security forces repulsed the attack, eliminating 51 terrorists and wounding nine,” the ministry stated, without providing details of any casualties amongst government forces.
Seven members of a family were also killed in an Afghan air strike in among the districts, a local authorities told AFP on condition of privacy.
” The Afghan flying force wished to target a cars and truck filled with explosives … when they hit the car it detonated and caused civilian fatalities,” he said.
The ministry of defence said it was examining the incident.
The combating lasted for numerous hours through the night, marked with continuous weapon fights and heavy barrages, an AFP correspondent reported from Kandahar.
When gotten in touch with the Taliban did not offer an instant comment.
The southern province of Kandahar is the birth place of the hardline Islamist movement, and over the past few weeks militants have introduced attacks in districts on the borders of the city of Kandahar, the provincial capital.
A community employee clears particles from the site of a rocket attack in the Afghan capital AFP/ WAKIL KOHSAR
The Taliban launched a comparable offensive in the neighbouring province of Helmand in September that sent tens of countless citizens running away.
That attack, which also targeted the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, triggered the United States to hire air campaign to protect Afghan forces.
Given that a US-Taliban handle February, the insurgents have actually not carried out significant attacks on essential cities however have introduced near-daily attacks versus Afghan forces in rural areas.
The surge in violence in current months comes as the Taliban and Afghan federal government engage in peace talks.
The settlements began on September 12 in the Qatari capital of Doha, however on Saturday the 2 sides announced a pause till January 5.
The insurgents and the federal government side both tweeted they had actually exchanged “preliminary lists of program items for the inter-Afghan talks and held initial discussions on the subjects” to be covered when the meetings reboot.
In current months, Kabul has seen numerous fatal attacks claimed by the jihadist Islamic State group, consisting of a rocket attack Saturday that eliminated one civilian.
On Sunday, a bomb planted on a car eliminated two civilians in the capital, cops said.