Taliban advancing in north Afghanistan

2015-07-28 18:26
Security personnel attack Taliban supporters near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

Security personnel attack Taliban supporters near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. (Noorullah Shirzada, AFP)

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Kabul - Taliban insurgents have seized control of the administrative headquarters of a district in northern Sari Pul province, where fighting has been ongoing for days, officials said on Tuesday.

Amanuddin Aman, spokesperson for the provincial police chief, said hundreds of insurgents had attacked the Kohistanat district HQ from different directions early on Tuesday morning.

Provincial police chief General Mohammad Asef Jabarkhail said that reinforcements had not been sent to back up the police in the fight because Kohistanat is 100km from the provincial capital.

"Right now we are working on a plan to launch a joint operation to retake the district from the Taliban," he said, adding that one police commander and seven of his men had been forced to surrender.

Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said in a statement that the group's gunmen now control the entire district and had seized police vehicles, weapons and ammunition.

Afghanistan's war with the Taliban has intensified this year and spread to the country's previously peaceful northern regions.

In Kunduz province, bordering Tajikistan, Taliban fighters attacked Khan Abad district late Monday, and had taken control of a number of villages, said Sarwar Hussaini, spokesperson for the provincial police chief.

"Afghan security forces have been sent in to support the locals fighting the Taliban to take back control of the lost villages," he said.

Kunduz has been battling insurgency since the Taliban launched their summer offensive in April and joined forces with other regional insurgents. The fighters have come close to the provincial capital on a number of occasions, and maintain a heavy presence in the surrounding districts.

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