ASADABAD, Afghanistan, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-two militants were killed earlier Saturday in a clash between security forces and militants in eastern Afghan province of Kunar, army sources said.
"The Afghan army and police came in contact with the militants in Waligram area of Chapadara district. The engagement lasted for hours, killing 22 armed militants," army spokesman in the region Haron Yousufi told Xinhua.
He said three local Taliban leaders, including Sarhadi and Qadir, were among the dead, adding that no soldier was injured in the clash which took place at around 1030 local time in the province 158 km east of national capital Kabul.
The Taliban insurgent group has yet to make comments.
Earlier on Saturday, the Kabul police announced that they captured a vehicle with 42 bags full of explosives in eastern Kabul, thus foiling a terror attack there.
Afghan army and police took the full operational lead from U.S. and NATO troops in June this year.
The war-torn country is due to take over full leadership of its own security duties from foreign troops by the end of 2014.