At least twenty four security personnel belonging to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and the Public Uprising Forces lost their lives in an attack by the Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province.

According to the local officials, the incident took place late on Friday night in the vicinity of Qala Zal district.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Nematullah Temori confirmed that 19 ALP soldiers lost their lives in the attack.

However, the district administrative chief Amanuddin Qureshi confirmed the incident said doznes of Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on security posts in Baghcha and Kalokh areas, leaving at least 25 people dead.

He said the Afghan security forces immediately responded to the attack by deploying forces and at least eight militants were killed in the retaliatory fire.

Qureshi further added that at least nine Taliban insurgents were also wounded during the clashes with the security personnel.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the local officials in Herat province said at least 17 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces lost their lives in a similar attack in Zawal district late on Friday night.