The 209th Shaheen Corps said the Taliban fighters killed four civilians in an attempt to snatch locals’ sheep.

Mohammad Hanif Rezaee, a spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps, told Khaama press Monday, that at around 5 a.m. in the morning, Taliban affiliated members killed four civilians in an attempt to loot a flock of sheep in the Chaharkant district of Balkh province.

He added that the Taliban group tried to steal a flock of 400 to 450 sheep when clashes between the locals and group occurred.

According to him, during the resistance four civilians were killed and five others were injured in the clash, and two other civilians hit Taliban land mines instantly killing them.

Taliban fighters were unable to steal the sheep because locals prevented them from doing so, Rezaee added.

Rezaei noted the Taliban members fled the area following the skirmish with the locals.

The northern province of Balkh is one of the relatively safest provinces in the country, but for the past two years, the Taliban have been active in parts of the region.

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