23 soldiers, 31 militants killed in clashes in Afghanistan: officials
Kathmandu: At least 23 Afghan soldiers and 31 militants were killed and several fighters wounded in separate clashes in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar and western Badghis provinces during Wednesday night, as peace efforts being made, provincial officials confirmed on Thursday.
In Nangarhar province, 20 soldiers and 29 militants were killed and 15 security forces and 20 militants were wounded when security forces repelled militants’ attacks in Khogiani, Shirzad and Hesarak district, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogiani told Xinhua.
In western Badghis province, three soldiers and two militants were killed and six soldiers and five militants wounded when security force fought back attackers who stormed district offices in Qadis district.
“Parts of district office building and an armored military vehicle caught fire after security force members forced militants who tried to overran the offices,” district chief Haidar Sharifi told Xinhua.
The clashes came as peace talks between a government delegation and Taliban representatives were underway in Doha, capital of Gulf state of Qatar.