According to local government officials, Taliban fighters managed to storm a police base in the northern Baghlan province, killed at least 11 police officers, possibly with the help of one of the police inside on Tuesday.

Reports say that insurgents first attacked a checkpoint near the base, and then infiltrated inside the compound with ease due to the assumed connection they had inside the base.

Mabobullah Ghafari, a provincial councilman in Baghlan province, provided the details where the attack took place. The same report was briefed by a local police officer, who spoke about the attack on condition of anonymity.

An insider attack is not a new tactic of targeting Afghan security forces. Over the last 18 years, insurgent groups have used this coward strategy killing Afghan national forces, US servicemen as well as NATO forces across the country.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack on the outskirts of Puli Khumri, the provincial city of Baghlan. However, the Taliban militants have a prominent presence in the area and frequently target the Afghan security forces.

The brutal insider attack took place on Tuesday as the US representatives and the Taliban leadership are currently negotiating on the deduction of violence or a ceasefire in Doha Qatar.  

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  • Nizam Rezahi is an editor and content writer to The Khaama Press News Agency.