At least eight security force members, including police chiefs of two districts of Baghlan, were killed in a Taliban attack on Julga district in Baghlan province on Friday night, a security official who wished not to be named said.

Taliban attack started after midnight on Friday from different directions towards the center of Julga district in the northern province of Baghlan and continued until Saturday morning, he said.

Gulbuddin, the police chief of Julga district, and Lotf-ul-Haq, the police chief of Burka district, were killed in the clashes. Lotf-ul-Haq was on a mission to Julga district to help security forces in the fight against the Taliban, the official added.

He said that the district will fall to Taliban if reinforcements were not sent.

Violence has remained high in the country as clashes continue between Afghan forces and the Taliban on multiple fronts. Security officials reported clashes between the government forces and the Taliban in at least 10 provinces during the last 24 hours.

‘FRIENDLY FIRE’: Meanwhile,an Afghan forces airstrike killed at least 12 members of the public uprising forces in a so-called “friendly fire” incident in the northeastern province of Badakhshan on Friday, sources said on Saturday.

Ashoor, a public uprising forces commander, is also among those killed in the airstrike that was conducted in Kohistan district in Badakhshan.

Local sources said that eight of the forces are missing following the incident.


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