TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The attack occurred in Shora Khak area of Kunduz Province on Sunday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
“Unfortunately, five army soldiers were martyred and three wounded,” said the statement.
In a post on Twitter, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, put the number of fatalities among the Afghan soldiers at 19.
According to Kunduz police, a fighting had been underway for several hours in the area.
A police spokesman, Enhamuddin Rahmani, said the militants also suffered casualties.
The attack came as the country is expecting a reduction in violence as negotiated between the US and the Taliban.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that Washington and the Taliban had agreed on a seven-day reduction in violence that could result in the exit of US troops from Afghanistan.
Esper, however, said the US has not yet fully set a date for when it will begin a period of reduction in violence negotiated with the Taliban.
A US official said on Friday that it would begin “really soon,” while the a Taliban official said it was imminent.
The two sides have been negotiating a pea