AT-KABUL: Six people have been killed in a gunfight between Afghan police and heavily armed militants holed up inside a mosque in southern Afghanistan, local officials said on Wednesday.
Attack took place in Lashkargah city, capital of southern Helmand province in a while when there was a weekly meeting of religious clerics underway.
Bachagul Bakhtyar, security chief of Helmand, told Afghanistan Times daily that six people including four police were killed in gunfight that lasted for several hours. Both attackers, who were carrying RPG and weapons were also killed by security forces he said.
Head of the Community Police of the province, Gulab Ayubi, was among the killed persons.
At least seven other people were injured in the gunfight, deputy governor, Mohammad Jan Rasoliar, said, who added they were rushed to provincial hospital by security forces.
Helmand is among the provinces with strong presence of Taliban fighters, but this attack was not claimed by any militant group.
Militant groups in Afghanistan usually not take responsibility for attacks in which several civilians lose lives or any religious shrine or mosque is being attacked.