Taliban attack foreign troops in N. Afghanistan
Militants attacked German troops in Chardara district of Kunduz province in north Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
"The attack occurred in Qasab village on Monday evening when the German and Afghan forces were attempting to establish checkpoints in the area," an official with the press department of Germany's Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Morten told Xinhua.
Giving only one name, the official also admitted that two military vehicles were slightly damaged in the fighting lasting for hours.
There were no casualties on the troops, adding the militants after suffering casualties fled the area.
Meantime, a Taliban purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via telephone from unknown location confirmed the battle and said his men had inflicted huge damage to the German soldiers, a claim rejected by Morten as groundless.
A relatively peaceful province until early 2009, Kunduz has been the scene of spiraling Taliban-led insurgency over the past several months.
More than 4,000 German troops within the framework of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been deployed in Afghanistan, with majority of them in Kunduz province.