Yamgan district of Badakhshan falls to Taliban
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Yamgan district of northeastern Badakhshan province has fallen to the Taliban, who captured and tortured some government servants, an official said on Thursday.
Deputy police chief, Col. Sakhi Dad Haidari, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the security forces had beaten a tactical retreat, taking positions in Oshangan, Spogmai and Hazrat Saeed villages.
He said reinforcements were ready to fly into the embattled town soon, but bad weather stopped their flight to the district, where security personnel and 10 insurgent were killed during clashes.
Abdullah Naji Nazari, a provincial council member, claimed the Taliban had detained and beaten some government officials. Several people have fled the area, fearing Taliban’s atrocities.
Ahmad Farid, a resident of Oshanganvillage, confirmed some inhabitants had left the area and sought shelters in other places. He did not have information about causalities.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed capturing Yamgan district and killing 14 security officials during clashes. One tank, two vehicles and other military gear were seized, the group announced on its website.
The rebel movement also acknowledged the loss of six Taliban in clashes. It is the second time in six months the militants have seized the district, which fell in May. But the security forces took back its control after two weeks of fighting.
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