Afghanistan – Sixteen policemen were killed in clashes with the Taliban in Afghanistan. According to Afghan media, a security check post was attacked by the Taliban last night in Aliabad district of northern Kunduz province, Afghanistan. Afghan police have been fighting the Taliban for several hours, but 16 policemen including the check post’s commander were killed and two injured according to officials. The Taliban also suffered casualties. Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on the check post.
It should be noted that the Taliban has considerable influence in Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan and many districts of the province are under Taliban control. Due to strategic importance the Afghan Taliban have long been trying for full occupation of Kunduz. According to Al Jazeera News half of Afghanistan’s territory is under Taliban control and almost daily attacks by the Taliban are carried out by security forces with a large number of casualties on both sides.
The United Nations has raised concerns over civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the past 3 months. United Nations says bombings and other incidents in Afghanistan are killing the security forces and more civilians than the Taliban.