Sun, 25 Jul 2021

KABUL, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have repelled a heavy Taliban militants' attack, killing three militants, including a Taliban shadow district chief in western Ghor province, Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Friday.

The incident happened late on Thursday night, when hundreds of Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints on the outskirts of provincial capital Feruz Koah city and nearby Pasaband and Tolag districts, the ministry said in a statement.

"Three Taliban militants, including Nasrullah Ansari, the so-called Taliban district chief for Tiwara district, were killed and three militants, including a divisional Taliban commander Gul Ahmad, were wounded," the statement said.

ANDSF service members were not hurt during the clashes, the statement added.

The latest clashes came as militancy and counter-militancy traditionally gets momentum in spring and summer commonly known as the fighting season in Afghanistan.

Sporadic clashes and fighting occur in countryside as Taliban militants have been attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions.

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