Afghan security forces have suffered a heavy casualty toll as fresh waves of violence grips several regions in Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces, local officials said.
Officials reported that the Taliban also suffered a heavy casualty toll.
Local officials in northern Jawzjan province have confirmed that the center of Kham Aab district of the province has fallen to the Taliban.
Ismael, the district police chief confirmed the center had collapsed after the Taliban stormed the district at about 4:15am local time early Monday morning.
According to Kunduz provincial council, over 30 bodies so far have been transferred to the provincial hospital. The bodies were recovered following battles in Dasht-e-Archi district of the province.
“Unfortunately, once again over 30 security force members have been killed and wounded in Dasht-e-Archi district. Now I am at the zonal hospital in Kunduz where I saw about 8 to 9 members of the Afghan Local Police who were wounded and martyred. There are reports that over 40 members of the police force and local police were either killed or wounded,” said Amruddin Wali, a member of Kunduz provincial council.
“The armed opponents launched a coordinated attack from multiple fronts on Dasht-e-Archi district, the attack was launched last night at around 12:30am on the check points of the security forces, but they faced a strong retaliation from the security forces; massive casualties were inflicted to the enemy. The enemy suffered 12 deaths and 16 injuries, unfortunately, two of the security force members were also martyred and four others were slightly wounded. The situation is currently under the control of the security forces and the enemy has escaped the area,” said Imamuddin Rahmani, Kunduz police spokesman.
The solidiers who were wounded in the battles have said that the lack of reinforcements was one of the key factors of the high casualty toll.
The Taliban also attacked the center of northern Sar-e-Pul province on Sunday night and heavy clashes are still ongoing, local officials confirmed.
The clashes started on Sunday night after the Taliban attacked the center of the province from three directions, a spokesman for the provincial governor Zabihullah Amani confirmed. He warned that “if government does not send reinforcements, the center will collapse to the Taliban.”
“Seventeen members of the security and defense forces have been martyred in Sar-e-Pul, three others wounded,” said Zahir Wahdat, Sar-e-Pul governor.
“Eight security force members were martyred and three others were wounded,” said Abdul Hafiz Khashi, head of the security department of Jawzjan police department.