Afghan forces kill 10 militants in northern province

MAIMANA: About 10 militants were killed and four others wounded in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, a local official said Saturday.

Afghan forces conducted a military operation late on Friday in Almar district of the province, leaving 10 militants, including two local Taliban insurgents’ leaders, Baluch and Mubashir dead and four others wounded, Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman of police 707 Pamir Zone based in the region, told Xinhua.

The strategic site of Bukhari Qala, which was under the Taliban control over the last several months have been retaken from the insurgents, he said.

The Taliban had not commented on the incident.

Fighting has escalated in Afghanistan as the Taliban insurgency spreads from its traditional strongholds in the south and east to the once peaceful region in the north, where the militants have been recruiting from among the youth.