Provincial governor’s spokesman Ghulam Jailani Farhad said,” the attack took place last night around 11:00 pm over a public protection check post in Chesht district and lasted for an hour. As a result ten Afghan security forces lost their lives.”
He added that four militants were also killed by the security forces during the clashes.
The Salma Dam, located 165km east of Herat, has been a target of Taliban attacks in the past and is heavily guarded by security posts.
The Dam also known as “India-Afghan Friendship Dam” was inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister in June last year It was funded and built by India at a cost of about $275m to produce 42 megawatts of electricity for Herat.