Citing Afghan security source, TOLONews reported today that at least 16 Afghan Army soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

Another ten soldiers were taken hostage by the Taliban, the source said.

Also, Fatima Aziz, a PM from Kunduz, said "16 were killed in Baghe Shirkat."

Violence has reportedly increased around the country as Taliban leadership told its troops on Monday to resume attacks on the Afghan government, following a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban in the wake of a Reduction in Violence (RIV) period from February 22-29.

A sticking point in the continued peace process is a dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban over a prisoner release, according to TOLONews.