Members of the Afghan Special Forces tend to a soldier injured during a firefight with Taliban in Kandahar on Monday. Reuters
The Ministry of Defence confirmed on Monday that the Taliban assault was the latest in a string of offensives that has seen insurgents capture territory across Afghanistan as US-led foreign forces are in the final stages of withdrawing troops after almost 20 years of fighting.
The governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq said, “The enemy's offensive attacks were repelled, and they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties, as a result of which 55 enemy soldiers were killed and 90 were wounded.”
In southern Helmand province, 14 militants were killed and two others wounded after warplanes targeted Taliban hideouts in Garmser district, the Ministry said in a statement.
A member of the Afghan Special Forces drives a Humvee during a combat mission against Taliban on Sunday. Reuters
The victims included Mawlawi Hijrat, a deputy commander of the Taliban's Sara Keta or Red Unit for Garmser.
Twenty militants died and 35 others were injured when the air force targeted hideouts in Dilaram district in western Nimroz province, according to the Ministry.
While the US and NATO troops are leaving the country, violence in the country is on the rise.
To check the situation, the Afghan government security forces also continued to target the militants.
India said on Sunday it had temporarily repatriated officials from its consulate in Kandahar, a major city in southern Afghanistan.
"Due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being," Arindam Bagchi, chief spokesperson at India's foreign ministry, said in a statement."India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan," Bagchi said, adding that India's consulate in Kandahar was being run by local staff temporarily.
The US war in Afghanistan is the longest war the United States ever fought in history. The US and the Taliban signed an agreement in February for peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict, but the situation in Afghanistan still remains
The Taliban however claimed the attack was actually a coordinated insurgent assault on the checkpoint where the shooting took place, killing over two dozen militiamen, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The Taliban dug a tunnel into the base in volatile Sangin district and then blew it up before their fighters could attack the compound, Nawab Zadran a spokesman for 215 Maiwand Army Corps in southern Afghanistan told the media.
Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq on Monday ruled that Imran Khan be shifted to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail from the Attock district jail, where he is currently incarcerated in the cipher case.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the UAE’s firm position on the need to provide full protection for Al Aqsa Mosque, and halt serious and provocative violations taking place there.
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