Six militants, associated with the Islamic State group, have been killed and 12 others wounded during an operation in the Ghanikhel district of eastern Nangarhar province, a security official said on Friday.
Nauman Hatifi, spokesman for the 201st Selab Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News the offensive was launched on the basis of intelligence reports regarding the cross-border infiltration of militants for recruiting rebels.
Afghan commandos took part in the operation, which inflicted heavy casualties on the militants, he added. The official also acknowledged the loss of two special forces personnel in the firefight.
Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, provincial police spokesman, confirmed the operation. A resident of the locality said three civilians were also killed in clash. Militants have not yet commented on the incident.