7 militants killed, 19 injured in N Afghan clashes 

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Apr. 04(MNA) – Seven militants were killed and 19 others wounded in two separate clashes in northern Afghanistan, said a military statement on Tuesday.

In one incident, six militants were killed and 18 others injured after fighting flared up between security forces and militants in Guzar village, Chimtal district in Balkh province on Monday, according to the statement by Afghan army's Corps 209 Shaheen based in the region.

The clash came two days after over 200 armed rebels affiliated with the Taliban militant group surrendered to the government in Chimtal, southwestern of provincial capital Mazar-i-Sharif city.

In addition, one militant was killed and one other wounded after security forces repelled enemy forces' attack on security checkpoints in neighboring Kunduz province on the same day, according to the statement.

The Taliban insurgency has been on the rampage since the beginning of 2015 when the Afghan security forces assumed full responsibilities of security from the US and NATO troops.

The Taliban has yet to make comments.

XINHUA/MNA

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