Taliban overrun two districts in Afghanistan's Ghor, Faryab provinces in as many days
Taliban fighters overran a second district headquarters in as many days on Sunday, this one in western Ghor province, the provincial police chief said.
Kabul (Afghanistan): Taliban fighters overran a second district headquarters in as many days on Sunday, this one in western Ghor province, the provincial police chief said.
At least eight police were killed in separate battles against Taliban militants, who have stepped up their attacks in the north and west of the country laying siege to district headquarters, said Mohammad Mustafa Moseni.
Moseni said the Taliban launched four assaults on Ghor's Taywara district headquarters early Sunday and "we had no choice but to retreat." He said police have taken up positions about 8 kilometers from the district headquarters while they wait for reinforcements to launch a counterattack.
The Taliban, in a statement to the media, announced the capture of Taywara district headquarters. The statement, however, said 46 Afghan government security forces were killed. There was no way to independently verify either death toll.
In northern Faryab province's Lawlash district two police were killed late Saturday night when Taliban using the cover of darkness to attack the district headquarters, setting fire to the police headquarters buildings, Abdul Karim Yourish, provincial police chief spokesman, said Sunday.
Government offices as well as the police headquarters were located inside the compound, he said.
In recent days, Taliban have launched dozens of attacks in northern Afghanistan, temporarily closing a key highway between the capital Kabul and northern Afghanistan. The attacks reflect the Taliban's efforts to apply pressure on government troops and police across the country and not just in their strongholds in the south and east of Afghanistan.
India, France emphasise on 'zero tolerance' against use of Afghan territory for spreading terrorism globally
The Taliban-led all-male government is yet to be recognised by any country since the hardline Islamists returned to power in August last year, 20 years after it was toppled in a US-led invasion.
'Avoid provocation when meeting men': Taliban order Afghan women to wear all-covering burqa in public
Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada's decree also said that if women had no important work outside it was 'better they stay at home'
The decree calls for women to only show their eyes and recommends they wear the head-to-toe burqa