PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Eight security personnel were killed and nine others injured as the Taliban fighters stormed a security checkpoint in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Saturday, district governor Khanzada Mazlomyar said.
A group of Taliban militants, according to the official, attacked the security checkpoint early morning, triggering gun battle and the militants fled after killing eight security personnel and injuring nine others.
Taliban militants also suffered casualties, the official said.
Baghlan-e-Markazi district, located about 15 km away from provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri, has been regarded as Taliban hotbed in Baghlan province.
Taliban militants who announced their so-called annual offensive on Friday morning since then have launched series of offensives in Afghanistan.