At the very least two Afghan safety forces and dozens of Taliban fighters had been killed in lethal clashes within the northern Balkh province, an official confirmed on Wednesday.

Ajmal Fayez, a spokesman for police headquarters in Balkh, instructed Anadolu Company the incident late Tuesday within the province’s Chahar Bolak district additionally resulted in closure of the primary Balk-Jawzjan freeway. He stated two safety forces personnel had been killed in an rebel assault on a checkpoint.

The Afghan Nationwide Military’s 209-Shaheen corps stated in an announcement that “scores” of insurgents have been killed in Chahar Bolak in a clean-up operation. The district stays a Taliban stronghold on this a part of the nation.

This conflict comes weeks after the Taliban pledged to maintain violence ranges low consistent with a landmark Feb. 29 peace take care of the U.S. paving the best way for the eventual but conditional withdrawal of overseas troops from Afghanistan.