epa06815348 Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bombing that targeted the participants of a meeting between Taliban militants and the Governor of Nangarhar province, outside the Governor's office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 17 June 2018. According to media reports, ten people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion outside the governor's office in the eastern province of Nangarhar as participants were leaving after a meeting to discuss ceasefire between the Afghan government and Talibans. The Taliban on 17 June ordered its fighters not to visit areas controlled by the Afghan government, a day after an attack by the Islamic State terror group against a gathering of insurgents and civilians left 36 dead. EPA/GHULAMULLAH HABIBI ATTENTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT

PV International Desk : An Afghan official says at least 30 soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters targeted two checkpoints in western Badghis province.

Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council in Badghis, says Taliban fighters first attacked the checkpoints then ambushed arriving reinforcements in Bala Murghab district.

He said the attack started Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday morning.

There were casualties among the insurgents, he said, but couldn’t provide an exact number.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban are active in Badghis and have repeatedly claimed attacks against Afghan security forces there.

The Taliban observed a cease-fire over the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday last weekend but rejected the government’s request for an extension.