PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Seven policemen were killed and six others wounded during clashes in two Afghanistan's northern provinces Sunday night, local sources confirmed on Monday.
In Baghlan province, four police were killed and two wounded after clashes erupted in Dahan-e-Larkhab Police checkpoint in Dushi district, district chief Sahib Dad Ghafroori told Xinhua.
At least one militant was also killed during the fighting between the militants armed with guns and propelled grenades and police forces in the checkpoint in the mountainous region along a main road connecting national capital Kabul to northern provinces, the official added.
In neighbouring Takhar province, three police lost their lives and four police wounded in similar incident in Bandar-e-Yangiqala locality of Khawaja Bahwuddin district, a district official told Xinhua anonymously.
He also said several militants were killed and wounded during the fighting.
The provinces have been the scene of heavy clashes in recent years.
Violence lingers in the war-torn country even as peace talks between the Afghan government delegation and Taliban representatives are being held in Doha, capital of Gulf state of Qatar.
The Taliban militants have been trying to overrun small towns or districts across Afghanistan and consolidate their position, launching hit-and-run ambushes against security forces. Enditem