25 Taliban killed in northern Afghanistan - governor
Afghan troops and US Special Forces killed 25 Taliban militants in a clash in northern province of Kunduz, the provincial governor said Sunday, dpa reported.
The clash in the Archi district began Saturday afternoon when the joint forces conduct a search operation in Mullah Qul village of the district, Mohammad Omar, the provincial governor, said.
"Twenty five Taliban were killed in the clash that lasted until Saturday night," he said, adding that the operation was carried out by ground and air forces.
Three other militants, including Mullah Abdullah, a district level Taliban commander, were detained by the combined forces, the governor said.
Taliban militants have expanded their presence in the previously relatively peaceful northern region in the past three years. The militants are most active in southern and eastern regions where tens of thousands of NATO troops mainly from the United States and Britain are based.
Up to 37,000 additional US and NATO troops are expected to arrive in the country by summer to top the more than 110,000 international troops already stationed in Afghanistan.