World Bulletin/News Desk
At least two policemen and 10 militants have been killed during an attack, which was initiated by Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province on Saturday, Afghan authorities said.
According to the Kunar province’s police chief Abdul Habib Sayed Kheli, Afghan security forces clashed with militants in the district of Naare after Taliban insurgents attacked police outposts early Saturday morning.
Afghan security forces managed to repel the attackers, Sayed kheli said.
“At least four policemen and 14 militants were injured during the fighting, which lasted for nine hours,” he told The Anadolu Agency.
Taliban militant spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the attack, claiming the capture of three police posts. He added that 11 policemen and a militant had been killed.
Taliban militants have intensified their attacks and operations against Afghan national security forces in the restive Kunar province, which borders Pakistan, after U.S. forces withdrew from the province last month.
The attack comes after a senior Pakistani religious cleric and leader of the Jamiat ul Ulema-e- Islam party in Pakistan, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, legitimized the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, saying it was a religiously justified "Jihad" in Afghanistan.
His remark came after his meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday.
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman`s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party supports the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.
In a separate incident, the Taliban shadow district governor for Manogai and five others were killed on Friday evening following a U.S. drone attack in the eastern Kunar province, while Taliban shadow governor for Argo district of the eastern Badakhshan province was detained, along with four others, by Afghan security forces that same night.Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2014, 16:00