Clashes claim 7 lives in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, March 3 (KUNA) — At least five Taliban rebels and two security forces were killed and 10 others wounded during clashes with security forces in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province, said officials on Thursday.
The spokesman for provincial governor Ahmad Navid Frotan told media that five rebels were killed and another four militants were captured alive after they attacked security posts in Yardar area of Baharak district.
He confirmed two Afghan security personnel also lost their lives to the clashes that left another three security men injured. He claimed that Afghan forces also seized some weapons and ammunition, adding that air strikes by the Afghan Air Force also targeted the insurgents and inflicted heavy casualties to them.
According to local media, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that the fighters killed 17 Afghan Local Police members and wounded another 15 in their attack. The clashes came at a time when Quadrilateral Coordination Group of Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States and China decided to facilitate direct talks between Taliban and Afghan government. (end) sbk.nfm