A soldier and five Taliban fighters died Monday in an attack on an Afghan army base in the eastern province of Kapisa, media outlets said.

One of the insurgents detonated a car bomb in front of the base in the Tagab district, whereupon a firefight erupted that lasted two hours, according to Tolo television.

One soldier was killed and three others were seriously wounded.

Kapisa police chief Faqir Ahmad Sediqi said that all the Taliban insurgents who participated in the assault were killed and that the situation is under control.

The insurgents, meanwhile, claimed that they had killed many Afghan soldiers and troops with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

"The base was destroyed and we killed or wounded the foreign aggressors and their local servants," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Muyahid told the AIP news agency, although he provided no specific tally of the alleged victims.

An ISAF spokesman denied that there was any suicide attack on Monday against foreign troops in eastern Afghanistan, AIP reported.

ISAF troops are in the process of withdrawing from Afghanistan and gradually transferring security duties to the local police and Afghan army.

In recent months the number of civilians and police officers who have been killed in the ongoing conflict has risen, while the number of casualties over specified time periods among the international forces has been falling. EFE