An attack by Taliban militants claimed the lives of 37 security personnel in North-eastern Takhar province.

Wafiullah Amin, Provincial Council Chief of Takhar confirmed that the Taliban militants attacked the security check posts in Eshkamish district at around 12:00 am.

Amin further added that the attack the claimed the lives of 37 security personnel including 24 Public Order Policemen and 13 National Police soldiers.

Furthermore, Amin said the security institutions deployed additional forces at around 7 am local time who recaptured the area from Taliban militants.

He also added that the attack wounded 6 policemen and an unspecified number of policemen have gone missing.

Meanwhile, Amin described negligence and lack of preparations as the main reasons behind the casualties of the police forces.

This comes as Taliban militants have stepped up attacks across the country in a bid to gain more privileges in ongoing peace talks.

A series of coordinated explosions killed 10 civilians and wounded 41 others in Kabul city earlier today.

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