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The Taliban abducted 16 Afghan policemen and killed four others in an attack on a checkpoint in the Warduj district of northern Badakshan province Wednesday night, a local official said.

Four policemen were killed and two others were wounded when armed men attacked the checkpoint which sits on a key highway passing through the Faizabad district into Warduj, according to deputy provincial governor Shams ul-Rahman.

The attack was carried out by militants from "Central Asian countries" ul-Rahman told TOLOnews Thursday, adding that reinforcements had been sent to secure the checkpoint

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the attack, saying they killed 20 policemen and abducted 20 others in the incident.

Badakhshan is generally considered to be one of the more secure areas of Afghanistan and has seen less insurgents activity compared to other provinces.

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