MOSCOW   -  Taliban carried out an attack in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan, killing at least 15 security officers and injuring 26 others, local media reported on Monday, citing sources.

The attack took place on Sunday night and targeted check posts in the province’s Qosh Tepa district, according to the Tolo News broadcaster.

However, a security police official, Kamaluddin Yawar, provided another number of victims. He told the media outlet the attack claimed the lives of four security officers and left four others wounded, while at least 30 Taliban insurgents were killed, and 19 others suffered injuries.

The Jawzjan authorities pointed out that without air support the province may fall to the Taliban, stressing that clashes were continuing in the region, the outlet added. A solider told the Tolo News that over 10 security officers had been surrounded by the Taliban at a check post, and were facing risk to be killed or forced to surrender. The Taliban, along with various terror organizations, including the Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia), have long been threatening Afghanistan’s security.