FAIZABAD, Afghanistan, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 militants have been confirmed dead and the Taliban attempts to gain ground in Nasai district of the northern Badakhshan province were repulsed, said an army statement released on Friday.
A total of 12 Taliban militants including some foreign nationals have been killed in Nasai district over the past 24 hours, the statement said.
Taliban key commander Qari Hafiz is also among those killed in the clash, the statement said.
Without identifying the nationalities of the alleged foreign fighters, the statement noted that the security forces would continue to chase the insurgents to ensure lasting peace in the area.
Taliban militants who are active in parts of Badakhshan province with Faizabad as its capital 315 km northeast of Kabul have yet to make comments.