The officials in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan are saying that sixteen security personnel have been martyred in militants attack.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Sanatullah Temor said the attack was carried out by a large number of militants in Khaja Ghar district.
Temor further added that seven army soldiers and nine members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces were martyred in the attack.
He said at least 13 security personnel have also sustained injuries in the attack but did not elaborate further regarding their health condition.
In the meantime, the Chief Executive of the Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah said at least ten army soldiers and six police personnel were martyred in the attack.
However, the Takhar police spokesman Khalil Asir says at least ten policemen and seven army soldiers have lost their lives in the attack.
The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the attack with the group’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claiming that the police forces have suffered heavy casualties during the clashes.
Takhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in Northeastern parts of the country where the anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
Last night’s attack on security post was one of the deadliest attacks by the insurgents in this province during the past few months.