Clashes kill 6 Taliban in E Afghanistan

A series of violent clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban have claimed the lives of at least six militants in the country’s troubled east, security source say.

Local Afghan security officials said the violent clashes erupted after a group of heavily-armed militants attacked units of local police forces in Andar district of Ghazni Province on Friday.

Mohammad Dasiwal, district chief of Andar, said that gun battles continued for several hours across the troubled region.

He added that the police forces did not suffer any casualties during the clashes.

The Taliban militant group has not yet commented on the deadly fighting.

Local Afghan security forces are increasingly taking the lead in security operations ahead of the expected withdrawal of US forces next year.

Despite the Afghan government’s operations against Taliban militants and associated groups, they have still been able to spread their influence in various regions of the war-torn country.

There has been no letup in the Taliban attacks on US-led foreign troops across Afghanistan. US-led troops and Afghan forces hence are falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

The announcement prompted Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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Republished from: Press TV