Xinhua)-- Clash between Taliban militants and pro-government villagers in Andar district of Ghazni province, 125 km south of Kabul, has left 31 Taliban fighters dead on Friday.
"Taliban militants raided three villages in Andar district at 01:00 a.m. local time and we resisted. The gun battle lasted for six hours during which 31 rebels, including Pakistanis, Arabs and Chechens, were killed and the remaining rebels run away," commander of villagers, Latif Kamran told Xinhua.
Meanwhile, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, confirmed the conflict in talks with media via telephone from unknown location, saying that the militants have killed 10 pro-government militias, a claim rebuffed by Kamran as baseless.
The inhabitants of several villages in Andar district had made armed uprising against Taliban militants last year and since have evicted Taliban militants from several villages.
Editor: Chen Zhi