Afghan officials reported on Wednesday that Taliban members disguised in police uniforms attacked a security base in Helmand, south of Afghanistan, and killed some 15 police officers.
“The Taliban were in police uniform and had police vehicles and entered a police compound where they killed all 14 policemen and took their weapons,” said an Afghan official.
The Taliban reportedly went on to kill another police at a different checkpoint.
Other sources reported different casualty figures, however all confirmed that several police officers were killed in the attack.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, confirmed the attack via text, in which at least 12 people were killed, and 12 weapons captured.
The Taliban had attacked Afghanistan’s parliament building in the capital, Kabul, in late-June.
More recently, last week the Taliban carried out what is considered some of their deadliest attacks since 2014, after NATO completed its combat mission. Multiple blasts throughout the country killed 50 people and wounded hundreds.
The Afghan Taliban is a militant group founded in the early 1990s, widely known for its insurgencies on military officials and security forces.
It emerged during the Soviet War in Afghanistan in the 80s among many “mujahideen” factions and ruled majority of Afghanistan before being toppled by the US in 2001. It currently holds up to 60,000 fighters, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.