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Taliban capture first Afghan district in 2018

IANS  |  Kabul 

fighters have taken control of a district in Afghanistan's province, making it the first district to fall into their hands in 2018, after clashes in which 10 members of the security forces were killed, officials said on Monday.

The fighting took place on Sunday night when dozens of fighters attacked the administrative compound of the district from many directions, said Nasir Mehri, the of the of the province.

"After a few hours of fighting the district headquarters fell to Taliban," Mehri told news, adding that the security forces abandoned the compound after suffering multiple casualties.

Although Mehri did not report the number of casualties, an said on the condition of anonymity that over 10 members of the security forces had died.

According to an October report by the Special Inspector General for Reconstruction of the US Congress, 13 of the total 407 districts in were under control, while the rebels had a widespread presence in another 41 districts.

The Governor's said that fighting was going on in some parts of the district and more reinforcements were on the way.

"The is also supporting the ground troops, we hope to push Taliban back from the district soon," Mehri said.

Taliban confirmed in a statement that the militant group had captured the district headquarters and seized military equipment, adding that "15 enemy personnel were killed and several others injured in the battle".

province has witnessed heavy fighting between the security forces and the Taliban in recent months.

On Saturday, at least 15 security personnel and around 30 Taliban fighters were killed in clashes in the Bala Buluk district of the province.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 18:28 IST