At least 14 Taliban insurgents were killed in an attack on security posts in eastern Kunar province on Saturday, local officials said.
In addition, 23 other insurgents were injured during the clashes.
The incident took place in Mano Gai and Chapa Dara districts of the province after more than 500 Taliban insurgents attacked the posts. However they were met by a large-scale response from security forces, provincial police chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said.
“An Afghan security soldier was also killed in the attack along with 14 insurgents.” Sayedkhili said. “The Taliban insurgents also torched eight shops and four civilian houses in Chapa Dara,” he added.
He said that the insurgents have since fled the area.
Meanwhile, officials at the local hospital said: “Eight civilians and four soldiers who were injured in the attack have been transferred to the central hospital – where a woman died from her injuries.”
The Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack but said they have taken control of a number of posts in the district.