Taliban militants have ambushed several checkpoints in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province and killed at least 20 police officers, Afghan officials said on Saturday.
Mohammad Ismail Hotak, the head of the province’s joint coordination of police and military operations, said the attack occurred late Friday night and 10 other police officers were also wounded.
Al Jazeera reported that hundreds of Taliban militants have taken part in the latest attacks, with government officials saying the militants have also suffered high casualties.
According to the reports the battle continued until Saturday morning and the death toll may increase.
The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were part its spring offensive. Militants have targeted police checkpoints before, killing at least 19 police officers last month.
Intensified fighting also affects foreign aid workers as they have been targeted frequently. Foreign aid agency workers and guest houses in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul have been attacked several times since the Taliban announced its spring offensive in April which killed 30 people.