Gun battle kills 7 fighters in eastern Afghanistan

Gun battle kills 7 fighters in eastern Afghanistan

Agency News

Mahmud-e-Raqi, Afghanistan, March 21: Seven fighters including four pro-government militiamen and three militants have been confirmed dead as clashes flared up in Nijrab district of Afghanistan's eastern Kapisa province on Saturday, Provincial Police Spokesman Abdul Karim Shaeq said.

According to Shaeq, a group of Taliban insurgents stormed security checkpoints in the restive Nijrab district early Saturday morning, and triggered a gun battle lasting for a couple of hours. As a result, three insurgents and four pro-government militia were killed.

One pro-government militia sustained wounds in the firefight, the official added. The Taliban outfit has been refusing to talk with the Afghan government. In an overnight operation on Friday, it killed two dozen security personnel in the southern province of Zabul, officials said. (UNI-XINHUA)