Skirmishes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces recommence after a three-day ceasefire expired in Afghanistan.
Coalition forces fly sorties over US military jet crash site in eastern Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents prevent Afghan forces from trying to reach charred wreckage, officials say.
Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the attack started early on Tuesday morning and triggered a gunbattle that is still under way around the Shortepa district headquarters.
Media is increasingly becoming a target in Afghanistan as the Taliban's campaign for hearts and minds falls short.
Afghan Taliban banned WHO and the Red Cross activities for what they said were "suspicious" actions during vaccination campaigns, as polio is still crippling the country.
The provincial governor's office said 16 other troops were wounded in the attack that began Friday and continued into Saturday in Wahser district.
"Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, and 'everything' must include an intra-Afghan dialogue and comprehensive ceasefire," said US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says Abdul Ghani Baradar was brought into the process to "strengthen and properly handle the ongoing negotiations process with the United States."
Spokesman of Afghan Taliban says its delegation is meeting US representatives again in Abu Dhabi for talks. Meanwhile, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan says Islamabad "helped" in dialogue between both sides.
Efforts are being made by Washington to press for a negotiated end to Afghanistan's devastating 17-year conflict.
Members of Afghanistan's Peace Council, who met Taliban delegates in Moscow, repeat President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks with Taliban without pre-conditions. Taliban says it will negotiate with US only.
ICRC puts its aid operations across Afghanistan "on hold" after the attack. The ICRC employees were slain while they were carrying supplies to avalanche-hit areas in the north of Afghanistan.
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