17 army soldiers killed in predawn clashes in 2 Afghan provinces

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, June 17 (Xinhua) — Seventeen Afghan soldiers and nine militants were killed and 11 army soldiers wounded after Taliban militants attacked military camps in two Afghan northern provinces early Wednesday, sources said.

In northern Kunduz province, five Afghan army soldiers were killed and six others wounded when clashes occurred in Talawka, a locality, 15 km north of the provincial capital Kunduz city along a road linking the city to bordering town of Shir Khan.

“The Taliban insurgents were forced back from the site after nearly two hours of fighting. Four militants were also killed,” Abdul Qadir from army’s 217 Pamir Corps told Xinhua.

In northern Jawzjan province, 12 army soldiers and five militants were killed and five army personnel and 10 militants wounded after Taliban stormed an army camp in Bala Hisar, a strategic locality in Aqcha district, a provincial government spokesman confirmed.

The latest clashes came as militancy and counter-militancy traditionally gets momentum in spring and summer commonly known as fighting season in Afghanistan.

Sporadic clashes and fighting occur in countryside as Taliban militants have been attempting to take territory and consolidate their positions. Enditem

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