TALUQAN, Afghanistan, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- A clash between government forces and the Taliban fighters has left four local police and three militants dead in Khawja Ghar district of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province on Sunday, district governor Mohammad Omar confirmed.
A group of militants, according to the official, stormed a security checkpoint of local police early Sunday and police returned fire triggering a gun battle which lasted for a few hours.
As a result, four police personnel and three armed militants were killed and two more police sustained injuries in the fighting, the official added.
However, Omar said the militants had fled away.
In the meantime, locals said sporadic fighting has been continuing in the area.
Taliban militants who have intensified operations over the past couple of months are yet to make comment.