KABUL - Atleast 22 soldiers have been killed in heavy clashes with the Taliban in two districts of central Ghazni province, members of the provincial council confirmed on Wednesday.
In addition, five other security force members have been wounded, TOLO News has reported.
The clashes started on Tuesday night after dozens of Taliban insurgents attacked Zana Khan and Jaghato districts of the province, a member of the provincial council Hussain Reza Yousufi said.
He claimed that 13 security forces, mostly police, were killed in Zana Khan and nine police were killed in Jaghato, adding that “heavy clashes are still ongoing in the district since last night and the Taliban insurgents have also suffered heavy casualties.”
Police officials have confirmed the clashes in the districts and said that “three policemen were killed, and four others were wounded in Zana Khan district.”
However, the officials did not provide further details about the clashes nor casualties in Jaghato district.
The Taliban has also confirmed the clashes with the government forces in the districts.
Yousufi said that the situation is “worrying”.