Taliban insurgents have taken control of a district headquarters in the western Afghan province of Farah, a provincial official says.
Taliban fighters attacked troops assembled to prepare an attack in Bala Buluk district in the night, setting off a fierce battle, officials said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Taliban and the Daesh group are active in eastern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar province.
Eight police officers, including a local police commander, were killed and 10 others were wounded in the morning attack, he said.
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Mr Dadullah Qani, a member of the Farah provincial council, said Taleban fighters stormed Anardarah district, which used to be a safe area, and overran a number of government compounds in the district centre early on Monday.
Several soldiers went missing after the attack during which one armored military vehicle was destroyed and two others were seized by the attackers together with weapons.
The victims are all members of a single family, Khogyani added.
The insurgents have recently stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces across Farah province.
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