At least 20 Afghan police members were killed, after a group of Taliban attacked security outposts in Sayyad district and on the outskirts of Sar-e-Pul city on Monday night, local officials said on Tuesday.
Sar-e-Pul Governor Abdulqadir Ashna said more than 23 Afghan forces personnel were wounded in the clashes.
He said the Taliban attacked parts of Sayyad district and Qashqari village on the outskirts of Sar-e-Pul city.
According to him, Taliban has also suffered casualties.
“Taliban attacked the province from three sides. They attacked from Sayyad district, the Number 1 Highway and Qashqari (village). Their goal was to capture an oil-rich area in the province,” he said. “The enemy also suffered heavy losses in this attack. We also suffered casualties. We had more than 20 martyrs and 23 wounded, which includes the Afghan National Police, the local police and the NDS forces.”
The governor said the attack in Sayyad district ended after six hours.
“People have to be concerned. The Sar-e-Pul province has been forgotten,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Noor Rahmani, head of Sar-e-Pul Provincial Council, said thorough attention is required on the province, in terms of providing more facilities to security forces and ensuring new measures in this respect.
This comes after Taliban attacked security outposts in Chimtal district on Monday night.
Local officials said both sides suffered casualties.