''Meanwhile, Taliban militants seized control of several military bases and police checkpoints in the northern city of Sar-e-Pul, capital of the province of the same name. At least 17 soldiers were killed in the attacks, which started shortly after midnight, provincial council member Asif Sadiqi said.
A number of security personnel were taken hostage by the Taliban, while others fled to other bases in Sar-e-Pul's city centre, another provincial council member, Reza Alimzada, said.
Afghan security forces also suffered heavy causalities in northern Kunduz as Taliban attacked police checkpoints in Dasht-e-Archi district. The clashes left 16 security forces dead, provincial council member Safiullah Amiri said.''