PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Up to 14 militants including a Taliban key commander Mullah Abdul Wahab have been killed as a cleanup operation has been continuing in Burka district of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, provincial police chief Ikramudin Sari said Tuesday.

"The cleanup operation which launched Monday afternoon has been continuing and so far 14 rebels including their key commander Mullah Abdul Wahab have been killed and 17 others injured," Sari told reporters here.

However, he avoided to make comment on possible casualties of security personnel.

Meanwhile, an official on condition of anonymity said that three security personnel had been killed and four others injured in the fight for control of Burka district over the past two days.

Hundreds of Taliban militants launched multi-pronged attack early Monday to overrun Burka district. However, the security forces launched counter-offensive and have evicted the attacking Taliban from around the district headquarters and normalcy has returned to the area, according to the police official.

Taliban outfit has yet to make comment. However, locals said that showdown is possible at anytime.