At least 27 security force members have been killed in clashes with Taliban insurgents in southeastern Paktika province since Sunday, provincial council members said, reported Tolo News.

The clashes, which are ongoing, started on Sunday in Argon, Wormamai and Wazi Khwa districts after Taliban attacked security check posts, according to provincial council members.

“Three security check posts have fallen to the Taliban and heavy clashes are ongoing,” the provincial council members said, adding that “if the government does not send reinforcements, the districts will fall to the insurgents.”

“Eight border police and two local policemen were killed in a Taliban ambush in Argon and the rest of the security forces were killed in other districts,” according to the provincial council members.

The provincial security officials have not however provided further details.

The Taliban has also not yet commented.