In a separate incident north of the capital Kabul, unidentified gunmen opened fire on worshippers offering evening prayers at a mosque, killing at least seven people and wounding 12, police said.
"At around 5 pm this evening a mine planted by the Taliban terrorists hit a civilian car ... killing 15 civilians and wounding two more," says Nasrat Rahimi, an Interior Ministry spokesman.
The Taliban effectively control nearly half of Afghanistan and have continued to launch daily attacks on security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months.
Nearly 150 people abducted by Taliban in an ambush in northern Kunduz province have been rescued.
Thirty-six people, 30 of whom were children were killed in the attack in which rockets and heavy machine gun fire was used on the madrasa in Kunduz, according to the UN investigation.
Afghan officials say the air strike in Kunduz province killed at least 30 militants. Taliban denies its members were targeted, saying the attack killed and wounded 150 civilians.
A police spokesman for eastern Afghanistan says security forces had pulled out of Qala-i-Zal district, west of Kunduz city, to avoid further civilian and military casualties after more than 24 hours of heavy fighting.
Taliban fighters were pushed back by Afghan security forces late on Saturday evening from the Khanabad District of Kunduz province, after capturing the district early in the morning.
Afghan security forces have driven Taliban back from Kunduz, after heavy fighting overnight in which dozens were killed and wounded
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