2 Afghan civilians killed as troops, militants exchange fire: official
Two civilians were killed when security forces and Taliban insurgents came in contact in Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province, a local official said Wednesday.
"Security forces were in routine patrol in Imam Sahib district Tuesday afternoon when Taliban militants opened fire and in retaliation the troops returned fire but unfortunately two civilians who caught in the cross fire were killed," Mohammad Ayub Haqyar told Xinhua.
He said that a militant was also injured in the firefight which lasted for an hour.
Taliban militants fighting Afghan and international forces have yet to make comments.
Kunduz and the neighboring Baghlan province have been experiencing Taliban-led growing insurgency since early this year.
More than 2,400 civilians had been killed in conflicts and Taliban-led insurgency from January to September this year in Afghanistan, a UN report released early this month said.