Clashes kill over 70 in Afghanistan within 24 hours

KABUL (Xinhua) – Increasing militancy and counter-militancy have claimed lives of more than 70 people in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said last Sunday.

In the latest waves of clashes erupted between security forces and Taleban insurgents in Aqcha district of the northern Jawzjan province early last Sunday and lasted for several hours, 16 people including nine militants and seven security personnel were killed, District Governor Ghulam Sakhi Subhani said.

A clash between government forces and Taleban militants killed 13 armed militants and three security personnel in Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province, District Governor Mahboubullah Sayedi has confirmed.

The clash, according to Sayedi, flared up with Taleban attacks on security checkpoints in Kunjak area last Saturday night and lasted for several hours, also left six militants and one security personnel injured.

In another case, eight Taleban fighters were killed and 12 others injured after government forces stormed a Taleban hideout in Arghandab district of the southern Zabul province last Saturday night, an army statement said last Sunday.

Another statement of the national army released last Sunday also reported military operations, which killed 15 militants outside Tirin Kot, the capital of southern Uruzgan province last Saturday.