"A group of Taliban rebels stormed a police checkpoint in Rigistan district at 6 am local time today and police returned fire killing seven attackers," Zia Dawrani, police spokesman in Kandahar province, said.

One constable also sustained injuries in the gun battle that lasted for two hours, the official added.

He also said the Taliban militants crossed the border into Afghanistan after receiving training in Pakistan.

Afghan officials often accuse the Pakistan government of supporting Taliban militants, a claim rebuffed by Islamabad as groundless.


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