HERAT, Afghanistan, At least 45 Afghan security forces and 16 militants were killed, after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints, in two western Afghan provinces overnight.
In one attack, 30 Afghan army soldiers were killed, after militants stormed two security checkpoints in Bala Murghab district, western Badghis province, provincial governor, Abdul Qhafoor Malikzai, told Xinhua.
The governor added, 16 Taliban militants were killed and more than 15 were wounded during the fierce clashes.
The security posts were overrun by the militants, and those among the injured were a Taliban shadow provincial governor, the governor confirmed.
In neighbouring Farah province, at least 15 policemen were killed, in two similar attacks, in Juwayn and Farah Road districts, provincial sources confirmed.
The Afghan security forces' casualties have risen, since the beginning of 2015, when Afghan soldiers and police assumed full responsibilities of security, from the U.S. and NATO troops.
The clashes came, as a temporary unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban militants is in effect, since Jun 12, which is expected to end before the end of the month.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK