MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- One pro-government fighter, a suicide bomber and 15 militants, including a Taliban bomb expert were killed in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, local sources said Saturday.
In one incident in Dihdadi district, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of pro-government militiamen, killing a pro-government militiaman and wounding eight others, including an anti-Taliban local leader Hashem Khan on Saturday morning, Adelshah Adel, provincial police spokesman, told Xinhua.
Hashem Khan, known as Hashem-e-Lang, had recently been leading a group of local fighters to support security forces in the fight against Taliban in Dihdadi, said the spokesman.
"Khan and seven other wounded people were shifted to a nearby hospital, and several vehicles were damaged in the explosion," Adel noted.
In a separate incident, a Taliban bomb expert and 14 other militants were killed in neighboring Dawlat Abad district when a home-made improvised explosive device (IED) detonated accidentally Friday night, Hanif Rezai from army's Shaheen Corps 209 told Xinhua.
The expert was training the comrade militants on how to build IED before the explosion occurred, said the spokesman.
The Taliban militants, controlling parts of the province, have been using rugged terrains and mountains as hideouts, frequently launching hit-and-run attacks against the security forces.