Police forces in Afghanistan have been targeted after Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three districts in southern Kandahar province on Monday night.
The terrorists reportedly carried out coordinated attacks on Afghan National Police checkpoints late Monday in areas covering the cities of Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, Maiwand and Zherai districts.
"We have 22 policemen martyred and 15 others are wounded", Ullah said, adding 35 militants were also wounded in the clashes.
Mehri is blaming the Taliban, who have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces across the country and have been more active in Farah province also.
In the western province of Farah, officials said that at least three members of the Afghan security forces and three civilians died in two separate Taliban attacks.
Speaking on condition of anonymity because his account contradicted the official version, a police official said that losses by the police were far worse than announced, with 70 dead officers and 18 police posts overrun.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the group claimed responsibility for the assaults in both provinces.
The Taliban insurgents have intensified attacks since they launched an offensive in April and the armed outfit considers anyone working for government and the NATO-led foreign troops as legitimate targets.