At least 16 people including nine insurgents and seven security personnel have been killed in a clash between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in northern Jawzjan province on Sunday, a local official said.
Afghan National Army (ANA) troops keep watch at a check point in Aqcha district of Jawzjan province, Afghanistan November 27, 2017. (Photo: VCG)
The clash erupted early Sunday in Aqcha district when Taliban militants stormed a checkpoint on the road linking Jawzjan to neighbor Balkh province, district governor Ghulam Sakhi Subhani said.
If reinforcement was not to arrive, militants would dynamite a key bridge that links Jawzjan with Balkh and Sari Pul provinces, he warned.
Taliban militants are yet to make comment on the clash.