10 militants killed in northern Afghanistan

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Xinhua) – At least 10 militants have been killed and over a dozen others injured as government forces launched operations against Taleban fighters in the troubled Chamtal district of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, the army said yesterday.

Since launching the operations on Friday, several villages have also been recaptured from the insurgents, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said.

The operations, backed by fighting aircraft, would continue until the area is cleansed of the armed militants, the official added.

However, Rezai did not say if there were casualties on the security personnel.

Both the Taleban and government forces have stepped up operations since the beginning of talks between the United States (US) and the Taleban outfit in Qatar last November.