The Afghan security forces killed nine members of the Taliban movement in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar late on Friday after the militants tried to overrun a security checkpoint, a local security official said on Sunday.
“There was a clash between the Taliban and ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] at the Takhtapul district CP [checkpoint] in Kandahar which caused the death of 9 insurgents. The Taliban claim it was overrun, but that is not true,” the official tweeted as quoted by the Khaama Press news Agency.
The security official added that the Afghan forces maintained control over the checkpoint but one police officer had died during the clashes.
The armed confrontation between Kabul and the Taliban has been dragging on for years, with the insurgents perpetrating regular attacks across the country, and the government conducting anti-terrorist raids with support from the United States.