Twenty-seven police officers have been taken hostage by the Taliban in the northeastern province of Badakshan.
General Fazeluddin Ayar, the police chief in Badakhshan, said the 27 officers were fighting the Taliban from inside a cave on May 21 in Yamgan district.
District elders then mediated a cease-fire in which the officers agreed to put down their weapons and be taken away by the Taliban.
Ayar said a search is under way to locate the missing officers.
Insurgents ambushed several police checkpoints in Badakhshan Province on May 21, killing at least six police officers in Yamgan district.
The violence comes as the Taliban announced that it had launched its annual spring offensive, while also vowing to disrupt voting in the second round of the presidential election on June 14.
With reporting by AP