Zana Khan District Gov. Ahmad Zia Yaqubi said dozens of armed rebels stormed the Zana Khan district headquarters "in the wee hours of Tuesday" with the objective of capturing it, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
"However, the police resisted with the support of army, killing 18 rebels and forcing the Taliban to flee," Yaqubi said.
Two other police officers were injured in the fighting, Yaqubi said.
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