Afghanistan : Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Nangahrar night raid

Afghanistan : Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Nangahrar night raid”

Tom Gresback, public affairs director at the NATO-led Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul confirmed there had been an "active ground engagement" in Achin district in which he said one US service member had been wounded but none killed.

"No coalition service members were killed in the engagement".

Local media quoted sources as saying the incident prompted the US military to call in airstrikes against the assailants, causing several fatalities, but there was no official confirmation.

The statement did not provide details about casualties among security forces. The militants are active in several southern districts of Nangarhar, including Achin.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the insurgent group was behind the attack.

In the months between June and November a year ago, U.S. Special Forces carried out at least 420 ground operations and 214 air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report in December.

Five personnel of Afghan Local Police (ALP) were killed and two others wounded following a brutal attack from the Taliban militants in the country's troubled northern province of Kunduz, a local official said Thursday.

In the meantime, Taliban has also confirmed the incident, claiming that the United States and Afghan forces launched an operation in Khoghyani where they faced "serious response" from the group.

The Afghan security forces continue to their counter-terrorism operations in Nangarhar province where the anti-government armed militants are continuously attempting to expand their foothold and insurgency activities.

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