World Bulletin / News Desk
Taliban fighters have attacked police in northern Afghanistan, government officials said on Thursday.
The insurgents ambushed a police convoy during an operation to clear an area in Badakhshan province on Wednesday, said Dawlat Mohammad, administrative chief of the district.
Mohammad said 10 policemen were killed and 16 were captured.
But the Interior Ministry in Kabul denied that the Taliban had taken any policemen prisoner.
"We have unfortunately casualties among police but there is no one captured," said ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. He declined to give details of the casualties.
A Taliban spokesman said it had been a "massive" attack on the police but militant spokesmen often exaggerate.
Mohammad said authorities had asked the Afghan army for help but there was a danger of another ambush if troops rushed in. Sediqqi said troops and helicopters had been deployed to the area.Last Mod: 19 Eylül 2013, 13:33