12 TTP members killed in S Afghanistan

Pakistani Taliban militants during exercises in lawless Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas (file photo)

At least twelve Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants have been killed during intense clashes with Afghan border forces in Afghanistanâ„¢s troubled southern province of Kandahar, Press TV reports.

Provincial police chief, General Abdul Razaq, said the TTP members tried to storm a border checkpoint in the Arghistan District of the province. Border forces confronted the militants, killing a large number of them.

He added that the dead bodies of the Taliban militants along with their weapons and explosives were left in the area after the fierce gun battle, and some of the gunmen managed to flee back into Pakistan.

There were no immediate reports of casualties on the side of Afghan forces.

The Taliban have not yet confirmed any casualties, and made no comments on the incident.

Afghan officials say Pakistan has a long history of supporting the Taliban and other armed groups. They argue that the Islamabad government is using militant proxies as a way of wielding influence in Afghanistan.

Many Afghans believe Pakistan is shielding senior members of the Taliban and Haqqani militant network on its soil.

Pakistan has in turn accused Afghanistan of giving safe haven to fighters on the Afghan side of the border.

Islamabad has repeatedly said it wants to see a stable Afghanistan, and is prepared to do whatever Afghan leaders ask as they pursue a peace deal with the Taliban.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV