World Bulletin/News Desk
A convoy of security forces has been attacked in the city of Jalalabad, east of Afghanistan, the governor's office has said in a statement.
The convoy, said to have been returning from an anti-Taliban offensive, was taken aback by the ambush involving hundreds of Taliban fighters, Governor's spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.
The encounter quickly escalated into a heated conflict that lasted for at least five hours, Abdulzai said.
At least 60 Taliban fighters were killed in the clash, while 22 security forces also died, he said.
An e-mail statement by the Taliban claimed the group only lost 5 of its fighters while nearly 90 Afghan soldiers and police officers were killed.
Afghan security forces had been on their way back from an offensive launched upon Taliban's threats against a prominent politician in the city. The forces killed another 16 Taliban fighters during the campaign.Last Mod: 03 Ağustos 2013, 10:15