32 militants killed, Taliban offensive foiled in Afghanistan

Kabul, Oct 24 (IANS) At least 32 militants were killed as Afghan forces thwarted Taliban offensive to capture Faizabad district in Jauzjan province, an official said on Monday.

“Taliban attack on Faizabad district which begun on Saturday, has been thwarted and the rebels, after suffering huge casualties, and leaving 32 dead bodies behind, have run away,” Xinhua news agency quoted the official as saying.

More than 60 militants sustained injuries in the two-day fierce fighting, the official said.

According to the official, the police chief of neighbouring Manjigak district was killed during the fighting.

Taliban militants who are active in parts of Jauzjan province with Shiberghan as its capital have not commented yet.