At least 36 Taliban militants were killed after the government forces repelled an attack on Thursday in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar, a local official confirmed. Meanwhile, two Afghan soldiers also lost their lives during the clash.
The attack erupted as hundreds of Taliban militants armed with guns and heavy weapons, including rocket propelled grenades, attacked Sherzad district while trying to capture the suburban district in the southeast of Nangarhar, provincial government spokesman Attahullah Khogiani told Xinhua news agency.
Four Afghan soldiers and 52 militants were also wounded during the fighting that had lasted for hours, he said.
In neighbouring Laghman province, the militrary retook control of Badpakh district early on Thursday after the Afghan Special Forces launched a cleanup operation late Wednesday night, evicting the militants from the district, according to Fawad Aman, deputy spokesperson of the Defence Ministry.
He wrote on his social media account that details about the liberation of Badpakh will be shared with media soon.
Many Afghan provinces have been on the scene of heavy battles in recent months as Taliban militants have reportedly captured about 200 districts since the start of the withdrawal of US-led troops in May this year.
50 Taliban Militants Surrender In N.Afghanistan
Amid the unabated violence in Afghanistan, at least 50 Taliban militants surrendered in the country's northern province of Jawzjan as fighting raged in the region, a Defence Ministry official said on Thursday.
"Fifty Taliban surrendered to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) with their weapons and ammunition in Khawja Dokoh district of Jawzjan province," Fawad Aman, deputy spokesperson of the ministry, wrote on twitter.
The official noted that details with photos and a footage of surrendered militants will be shared with the media soon, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Taliban militant group has not made comments on the report so far.
The province has been the scene of heavy clashes and fighting in recent days as militants besieged the provincial capital Shiberghan in an attempt to overrun the city.