At least 36 members of the Afghan security forces and 22 Taliban terrorists have been killed in fresh clashes in the country’s north, officials and local media confirmed Tuesday.
The renewed fighting coincides with a two-day round of peace talks now underway in Moscow between Taliban representatives and several Afghan officials (not affiliated with the Kabul government).
Safiullah Amiri, deputy chairman of the provincial assembly of Kunduz province on the border with Tajikistan, told Anadolu Agency that the rebels had overrun a number of checkpoints manned by army, police and pro-government militiamen late Monday.
Amiri confirmed that 36 security personnel had been killed — and at least 20 more injured — in the attacks.
The Afghan Defense Ministry, for its part, said the Taliban assault in Kunduz had been repulsed.