KABUL, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Taliban rebels killed two policemen and wounded three more in a sneak-raid on one police checkpoint in southern Afghan province of Helmand early Tuesday morning, Assadullah Sherzad, the provincial police chief said.
Sherzad told Xinhua the incident occurred at the wee hours on Tuesday when a group of insurgents launched assault at the police post in southwestern Lashkar Gha city, capital of Helmand province, sparking an 30 minutes' clash.
"Five policemen were killed and wounded during the fire exchanging," he said. "One insurgents was also killed with whose weapons left on the battle field."
The riot Helmand province has seen wide-scale fighting between Taliban rebels and Afghan and international troops over the past week as at least 40 rebels have been killed during several clear-up operations so far.
Spiraling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people, mostly militants, so far this year, despite over 70,000-strong international troops stationed in strife-torn Afghanistan.