As many as 38 Afghan security forces have killed in multiple attacks launched by the Taliban militants in Takhar, Balkh, Faryab and Urozgan provinces, Afghan officials confirmed. Late on Sunday evening, the Taliban launched an attack on a security outpost of public uprising force in the northeastern province of Takhar, killing 19 of the pro-government forces in Khwaja Ghar district of the province, local officials said.
Taliban have intensified their attacks on Afghan forces.
In another attack, the militant group have killed nine security forces in Sholgara district of the northern Balkh province.
In the southern Urozgan province, six policemen were killed after their outpost came under attack by the Taliban, according to local officials.
The Taliban insurgents continue to launch military campaign whereas their leaders in Doha signed a peace deal with Washington on February 29, aimed at ending war in Afghanistan. Under the deal and as a confidence-building measure, the Afghan government has released 361 Taliban prisoners, in return, the Taliban have also freed 60 pro-government prisoners.
Series of Taliban violence continues to claim lives of Afghan security forces though US especial envoy reconciliation in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, on April 17, expressed optimism over progress in Afghan peace process after he met Indian foreign minister and discussed the peace process.
Naqibullah Fayeq, governor for northern Faryab province, today, Monday, April 20, told Kabul Now that the Taliban have ramped up military campaigns in parts of the province. Mr. Fayeq said that four Afghan soldiers were killed in clashes erupted between the Taliban and Afghan security forces on Sunday night.
According to Fayeq, a number of civilians have also lost their lives.
The deadly violence continues to claim lives whereas the US-Taliban peace was signed to reduce violence in Afghanistan. The Taliban accuse the Afghan and the US sides of violating the pact but Afghan officials refuse, saying that the group demand immediate release of Taliban commanders who have been behind deadly bombings in Kabul.