Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Taliban overrun 2 districts in as many days

Taliban overrun 2 districts in as many days

Mohammad Mustafa Mohseni, the provincial police chief of Ghor Province, said Taywara district fell late on July 22 following clashes with militants.

Meanwhile, Taliban offensive on Khan Abad district of the northern Kunduz province has been thwarted after airstrikes on their hideout left 13 fighters dead on Sunday morning.

Earlier on Thursday, three policemen were killed and one was injured in an ambush by the Taliban, while the policemen were patrolling in the country's Logar province. In the statement, the USA offered its condolences to the families of the security forces who were killed.

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The area is remote and telephone communication is sporadic, he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the provincial capital of Ferozkoh.

On the other front, the Taliban apparently faced little resistance to capturing the Kohistan district in the Faryab province bordering Turkmenistan in the wee hours on Sunday.

According to the local security officials, the Taliban insurgents managed to seize the control of the district center after launching a coordinated attack on the district center.

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He said police have taken up positions about 8km from the headquarters while they wait for reinforcements to launch a counterattack. "They killed seven of them", Raziq said.

The kidnappings occurred after the insurgents and the Afghan troops clashed on a road connecting Uruzgan and Kandahar, in which the Taliban suffered "many casualties".

Various reports said 20-30 of the villagers were later released or escaped and that about 33 remain in captivity.

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