KABUL, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Over a dozen people have been killed as infighting erupted between two groups of anti-government militants in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Saturday, provincial governor Hajji Akbar Barikzai said.
"The clash erupted between Taliban and Hekmatyar-led Islamic party Hizb-e-Islami in Kokchinar area of Baghlan-e-Markazi district early morning and so far some 20 people from both sides have been killed," Barikzai told Xinhua.
Neither Taliban nor Hizb-e-Islami outfit has made comment.
Meantime, a villager who refused to be named said that at least six people from both sides had been killed and several others sustained injuries.
The police chief of Baghlan-e-Markazi district Mohammad Amin Mangal in talks with Xinhua confirmed the clash, adding the infighting is still continuing in the area. He also said that the local administration is monitoring the situation.
The reason for the clash, according to Mangal, is rivalry on extending power and collecting taxes from agricultural products in the area.
Baghlan-e-Markazi has been the scene of increasing insurgency over the past several months. This is the first time that anti- government militants have been fighting each other in the northern region of the post-Taliban country.