SAR-E-PUL – At least 23 Afghan National Security Forces – ANSF – members were killed, after a group of Taliban attacked security outposts in Sayyad district and on the outskirts of Sar-e-Pul city on Monday night, local officials said on Tuesday.
Sar-e-Pul Governor Abdulqadir Ashna said more than 23 Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) personnel sustained injuries in the clashes.
He said the Taliban attacked parts of Sayyad district and Qashqari village on the outskirts of Sar-e-Pul city.
According to him, Taliban have also suffered casualties.
A high-ranking provincial official with Afghan spy agency, a local police commander, and an army company commander were among the dead, provincial council member, Mohammad Asif Sadiqi told in a statement.
Sadiqi said at least 25 others were wounded in the attacks that began around 7 pm local time and continued for more than seven hours with Taliban fighters overrunning the posts.
The fighters first stormed two security posts in the district center, Sadiqi added, before a reinforcement convoy that was sent to assist with repelling the Taliban was also ambushed by the armed group.
Taliban fighters have ramped up their attacks on Afghan security forces and government facilities in recent months, leaving troops thinly stretched throughout the country.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.