According to local authorities in north-eastern Badakhshan province heavy casualties were incurred to Afghan national police forces following armed clashes with anti-government armed militants in this province.

Provincial security chief Sakhidad confirming the report said the incident took place at Wardaj district after a number of the armed Taliban militants attacked a police check post.

He also said at least 3 police officers were killed and 3 others were injured following the incident while 16 others were taken hostage by the Taliban militants.

According to Mr. Sakhidad there were 43 Afghan national police service members in the check post and there are no news regarding the 21 other police officers who have gone missing following the clashes.

According to reports Taliban militants did not suffer any casualties.