At least 50 civilians have been killed by militants in northern Afghanistan, officials say.
They report that a checkpoint manned by local police was attacked on Thursday in the Mirzawalang area of Sar-e Pul province.
The assailants then entered a nearby village and shot dead mainly Shia Muslim civilians including women and children, a provincial spokesman said.
"They were killed in a brutal, inhumane way," he added.
Seven members of the Afghan security forces had also been killed, as well as a number of insurgents, he said.
The attack took place over 48 hours and the area was now under insurgent control, local officials said.
A combination of Taliban and Islamic State (IS) group fighters - including foreigners - were involved, a spokesman said. Both are Sunni Muslim militant groups.
The Taliban denied killing civilians, saying that their fighters had killed 28 members of a government-supported militia in the area. There has been no comment from IS.
If verified, it would be rare co-operation between the two groups. IS established a small base in eastern Afghanistan in 2015 and in general its fighters have clashed with the Taliban in a competition for control.
But, correspondents say, in the north of the country allegiances can be more fluid, with some fighters switching sides or co-operating with other groups. A Taliban spokesman told AFP news agency there had been no co-operation with IS, however.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack.
"Criminal terrorists have once again killed civilians, women and children," he said in a statement on Sunday.
"This barbaric act of them is deemed a direct violation of human rights and a war crime."
Fighting has intensified across Afghanistan in recent months. More than 1,662 civilians were killed in the half of the year, according to UN figures.
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