KABUL: Afghan security forces have claimed to have killed 15 Taliban in an encounter in Houshah region of Khwan district, Afghanistan.
According to Bakhtar News Agency, spokesman for Badakhshan governor said that Taliban had attacked the region. A policeman was also killed in the attack.
On May 26, the Afghan government had urged the Taliban to extend a three-day ceasefire set on third day of Eid, while announcing it would free 900 Taliban prisoners in the biggest such release yet.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Javid Faisal while speaking at a news conference in Kabul had said for better management of the prisoner issue, it was important to extend the ceasefire.
The release is part of a prisoner swap under a deal struck by the Taliban and the United States in Qatar in February.