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KABUL, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants who have lost ground in the northern Kunduz province amid government forces mounting pressure, launched major offensive in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of the neighboring Baghlan province on Tuesday to reduce stress on fighters in Kunduz, local observers said.
The surprise and multi-pronged attacks which began at 03:00 a.m. local time Tuesday, according to local media reports, have enabled Taliban fighters to get closer to Police Department of Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
However, Baghlan police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja in talks with media confirmed the clash, but claimed that so far 16 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 27 others injured.
He also said the government forces have been chasing Taliban militants to ensure lasting peace and security in Baghlan-e-Markazi and adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, locals said the road linking Baghlan to the neighboring Kunduz province has been closed down due to the fighting. Taliban fighters don't allow any motorists to pass the area.
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