At least 20 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country’s volatile southern Helmand province.
The attacks happened late on Friday night at checkpoints in the Musa Qala district, a longstanding Taliban stronghold, said Mohammad Ismail Hotak, the head of the province’s joint coordination of police and military operations.
He says the attack wounded 10 police officers and that the Taliban also seemed to have suffered high casualties.
The battle was continuing, he said, and reinforcements had been sent from other districts.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The group has been targeting vulnerable police checkpoints across the country since launching their summer offensive in April.
Last month, a Taliban attack in Helmand’s Naw Zad district killed at least 19 police officers.