Some Libya Dawn fighters shoot their guns near Libya's capital city of Tripoli, on March 11, 2015. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Libya Dawn militants and pro-government forces in the Ajaylat area some 80 kilometers west of Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

Six militants and two policemen were killed in clashes which erupted outside Kunduz city, capital of northern Kunduz province on Thursday, provincial government spokesman Esmatullah Muradi said.

The clashes occurred after a group of Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Charkhab area outside Kunduz city at 11:00 a.m. local time, triggering the gun battle, the official said, adding that the clashes were over at 02:00 p.m. local time.

Three militants and two more policemen were injured in the fighting, the official said. The security forces would continue to chase the insurgents, the official added.

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