Kabul : Six Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with police, while two women died and five others were wounded in a rocket attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.
Police exchanged fire with the militants after they attacked the home of a police official in Zurmat district of Paktia province late Thursday, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Sarjang said in a statement.
Seven Taliban were also injured in the incident, while there were no casualties among the police, he said.
Weapons and vehicles belonging to the militants were seized at the scene.
In another incident, five rockets hit a residential area in Sirkana district of Kunar province, injuring two women and their five family members.
Several houses were damaged in the attack, provincial police chief Abdul Jalal said.
Violence has been on the rise in Afghanistan for the past several weeks. The Taliban-led attacks and retaliations have left more than 1,700 people dead, mostly insurgents, this year.