At least 10 deminers from the HALO Trust were killed on Tuesday night in a shooting by unknown gunmen in northern Baghlan province, police confirmed Wednesday.
Ahmad Jawed Basharat Baghlan police spokesman said 14 others were also wounded in the incident that took place in the HALO Trust compound in Baghlan-e-Markazi district.
Basharat blames the Taliban for the attack.
But locals said the attack was carried out by masked men and that their identities have not yet been determined.
The bodies of the deceased and the wounded deminers were transferred to a public hospital in Pul-e-Khumri City, the center of Baghlan, officials said.
The Interior Affairs Ministryís spokesman Tariq Arian blamed the Taliban for the attack.
"At around 10pm last night, Taliban entered the camp and fired on the deminers," Arian said.
He also stated that at least 10 were killed and 14 others wounded, but local residents said 10 were killed and 17 others were wounded.
Arian says that Taliban continue to commit crimes against service institutions, academia and religious sites.
The victims are all residents of Baghlan province, locals say.
The Taliban has meanwhile denied involvement in the shooting.