At least seven Afghan police officers died in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in the northern province of Faryab, an official spokesman told Efe on Wednesday.
The attack took place Tuesday night in the Qaissar district, and among the dead is the police commander of the checkpoint, said the provincial governer's spokesman, Javid Bedar.
It is quite possible that the insurgents staged the attack with the help of a Taliban fighter infiltrated into the security forces, Bedar said.
That type of insider attack has been occurring rather regularly in recent years and often the targets of those strikes are the international NATO troops deployed in Afghanistan.
The Taliban so far have not claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Tuesday, Interior Ministry spokesman Sadiq Sadiqi said at a press conference that casualties among the police have fallen in recent months due, above all, "to good administration," although he provided no figures to back up that assertion.
Nevertheless, a military analyst, Gen. Abdul Baqi Rashed, told the AIP news agency that Sadiqi's remarks are no more than "propaganda ... (to) encourage the security forces," and he said he does not believe that the police casualty rate has diminished given that the "war continues with all its intensity."
The conflict in Afghanistan is going through one of its bloodiest periods since the U.S. invasion that toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001, and the withdrawal of NATO troops from the country is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. EFE