GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Twenty Taliban militants and four police were killed as clash erupted in Zana Khan district of Ghazni province, 125 km south of Kabul on Monday night, provincial police chief Zarawar Zahid said Tuesday.
"Taliban militants raided police checkpoints and police returned fire leaving 20 rebels dead," Zahid told Xinhua.
He also confirmed that four police constables were also killed in the firefight which lasted for few hours.
Meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from unknown location confirmed the conflict, claiming the armed outfit has overrun Zena Khan district, a claim rejected by Ghazni's police chief, Zahid as baseless.
However, Zahid confirmed that the police have retreated to avoid bloodshed.
Taliban militants fighting the government have intensified their activities since launching their so-called spring offensive in May this year.