This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.
At least seven Afghan police officers have been killed in a January 28 attack by Taliban militants on a police station in the northern province of Baghlan, officials say.
Several others were reported wounded in the overnight attack on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Pul-e Khumri.
Some reports said as many as 16 police officers died in the attack.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the attackers took one hostage.
In September, Taliban attacked Pul-e Khumri in a bid to overrun it, and blocked the city’s main highway to the Afghan capital, Kabul, for more than a week.
Taliban fighters control or hold sway over around half of Afghanistan.
The United States and the Taliban have been in talks on ending the 18-year war.