Afghan forces kill 4 Taliban militants after ambush on Dostum in Balkh

Salaam Times and AFP

MAZAR-E-SHARIF -- Afghan forces killed a Taliban commander along with his three fighters after the militants ambushed a convoy carrying Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum Saturday (March 30) in Chahar Bolak District, Balkh Province.

Dostum survived, but one of his bodyguards was killed, officials said.

Troops arrested seven other militants during a counter-operation, the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army said in a statement Sunday (March 31).

The hour-long battle left several others in the convoy wounded, Enayatullah Babur, Dostum's ex-chief of staff, told AFP.

Dostum has survived several other attempts on his life, including one claimed by "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) last July in Kabul that killed 23 people.

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