Special forces kill 6 militants in N. Afghanistan

KABUL: At least six Taliban militants were killed and nine others arrested after Afghan army commandos targeted a Taliban hideout in northern Kunduz province on Monday, Afghan Ministry of Defense said Tuesday.
"Personnel of Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps conducted the raid in Kakar village on outskirts of provincial capital Kunduz city. They received hostile fire. The security force returned fire and in the ensuing firefight six enemy combatants were killed," the ministry said in a statement.

One vehicle, eight rounds of rockets and eight landmines were also destroyed in the restive province, the statement said.The security forces have not suffered any casualty in the stand-off.

Fighting rages across the war-torn country and clashes between security forces and Taliban have been continuing in 25 out of the country's 34 provinces since early Friday when Taliban launched a yearly rebel offensive.

The Taliban frequently starts the offensive in spring as the season is locally branded as the fighting time of the year. On Saturday, five soldiers, five civilians and several militants were killed and over 70 civilians and security forces wounded after Taliban attacked Kunduz city and tried to overrun the city, 250 km north of Kabul.

Earlier on Tuesday, in neighboring Takhar province, militants stormed an Afghan Border Force camp in Chah Ab district and clashes were still continuing, according to the statement.The statement said reinforcement has been dispatched to the area and further details would be shared with media later in the day. Xinhua