Sun, 20 Jun 2021

KABUL, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Sixteen Taliban militants had been killed during clashes in Afghanistan's two eastern provinces, the country's Ministry of Defense confirmed on Saturday.

Eight militants were killed and four others wounded after Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) repelled a Taliban attack on security checkpoints in Kharoti locality of Azra district in Logar province during Friday night, the ministry said in a statement.

In neighboring Ghazni province, eight militants were killed in similar incident in Aboqala locality of Andar district, according to the statement.

The statement did not say whether any member of ANDSF was hurt during the clashes.

The militant group has not responded to the report so far.

Since the signing of a peace agreement between Taliban and the United States in February, Afghan leaders, including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, have frequently demanded the Taliban to reduce violence.

The militants, however, have intensified attacks, killing and injuring scores of combatants and civilians.

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