At least 17 insurgents were killed in separate air and ground raids of the Afghan National Security Forces in north of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense said that at least 6 militants were killed and 14 others were wounded during an airstrike in Chashme Sherin in the capital of Sar-e-Pul province, Afghan News Agency (Khaama) reported.
The Ministry added in a statement that at least 4 others were during a separate operation in Gorkab village at Soma Qala district of Sar-e-Pul province.
The statement further added that 6 others were also wounded and 2 motorcycles of the militants were totally damaged along with 4 bunkers. The ministry said at least 7 militants were killed during a gun battle between the Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents in Koshinde district of Balkh province.
At least 4 militants were killed and their bunker was destroyed during an airstrike in Darqad district of northeastern Takhar province. The Afghan forces also discovered and defused a landmine along with an Improvised Explosive planted by the militants in Aqcha district of Jawzjan province.