KABUL, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Taliban-led militancy and conflicts have left seven dozen or 84 people with majority of them Taliban fighters dead in Afghanistan over the past two days, officials confirmed Monday.
In the bloody battle which erupted in the western Farah province on Sunday and over Monday, according to an official, 72 Taliban militants and 11 police had lost their lives.
"The Public Protection Police Force (PPPF) was escorting a convoy traveling from western Herat province to the southern Helmand province on Sunday evening when several hundred armed Taliban rebels launched an attack on the convoy triggering heavy fighting. The clash lasted until Monday morning during which 72 militants and 11 policemen were killed," an official with police in Herat, lieutenant colonel Farid told Xinhua.
He also added that the bloody incident took place in Chahkab area of Gulistan district just in western part of Farah city, 695 km west of Afghan capital Kabul.
An another violent incident, the unknown armed men opened fire and killed an educationist in the eastern Nangarhar province with Jalalabad as its capital 120 km east of Kabul on Monday.
"Unknown armed men opened fire and killed Mohammad Azim Nael the head of education department of Chaparhar district Monday morning when he was on way to his office," the statement sent to media added.
However, the statement blamed the enemies of peace, a term used against Taliban militants by officials for the bloody incident, saying efforts are underway to arrest and brings to justice those behind the heinous crime.
Meantime, the Taliban outfit without commenting on losing 72 of its fighters in the west Afghanistan province, has claimed killing over two dozen security personnel elsewhere in the country including a police personnel in the eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, a claim rejected by officials as baseless.
Since the warring sides exaggerate the casualties of opponents, it is difficult to verify the claim of either side independently.