At least eight police were killed in a Taliban attack on Tuesday night in Balkh province, local officials said Wednesday.
Fawad Saleh, the Balkh highway police commander, said the attack took place at a highway police checkpoint in Alam Khail village of Balkh province.
There were 14 soldiers at the checkpoint and six soldiers survived the attack, Saleh said.
The checkpoint is located on the Balkh-Jawzjan highway.
A source told TOLOnews that the Taliban conducted the attack with the help of an infiltrator.
The Taliban have not commented yet.
Also on Tuesday night, seven ANA soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack in Takhar province, said the governor's office. ( In an earlier report TOLOnews quoted officials saying two were killed)
The incident happened late Tuesday night in Darqad district when a group of Taliban attacked a joint forces checkpoint.
Mohammad Jawad Hijri, a governor spokesman, said that in Darqand the number of dead security force members was seven, and 11 Taliban were also killed.
Two security forces and five Taliban were also wounded in the Darqad district attack.
Hijri said the Taliban fled the area after suffering heavy casualties.
The Taliban confirmed this attack.