Eight people, including three soldiers, were killed in a clash between security forces and Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, authorities said on Saturday.

“Afghan forces backed by the NATO—led troops had killed five Taliban rebels and arrested seven others during a cleanup operation launched in Chardara district on Thursday and concluded Friday,” provincial governor Mohammad Omar, said.

He said three Afghan security personnel were killed in the operation while the same number of NATO troopers and an Afghan soldier sustained injuries, according to Xinhua.

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