Taliban claims killing two people during a firefight in Mazar-i-Sharif

The Taliban in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif has said that its forces have killed two people during a firefight on Thursday.

The group’s security spokesperson for Balkh province, Mohammad Asif Waziri, said that people killed were “robbers”.

The incident happened on Thursday night, Waziri said. He claimed that the two men were killed during a thirty minute clash with the group’s forces after attempting rob a doctor’s house in PD1 area of the city.

The Taliban has engaged in armed confrontations with individuals and groups in Mazar-i-Sharif, accusing them of belonging to anti-Taliban forces or the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP).

But the group has been accused of attacking and killing former members of Afghanistan government and security forces under the pretext of fighting ISKP.

However, the group has also targeted civilians and soldiers of the previous government under the name of ISIS in Kabul, Balkh, and other provinces of the country.