The Taliban insurgents killed at least 24 Afghan security forces in an overnight raid on a joint police and army station in the country’s south, an official confirmed Friday.

Atta Jan, a provincial assembly member, confirmed the death toll to Anadolu Agency.

He said a number of Taliban infiltrators helped stage the deadly assault in Zabul province.

The attack came amid relative reduction in violence in line with rejuvenated yet fragile peace process.