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Jawzjan: Taliban take control of Darzab district centre

Jawzjan: Taliban take control of Darzab district centre

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Jun 20, 2017 - 17:17

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants captured the Darzab district centre in northern Jawzjan province on Tuesday afternoon a day after Daesh affiliates attacked the town, an official said.

Daesh militants attacked the district centre on Monday afternoon and the firefight lasted until 2:30pm today, Darzab district acting chief, Baz Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the Taliban, while availing the opportunity, also attacked the district centre and took control of it at around 3pm on Tuesday.

The official said the Taliban were currently in control of the district center’s building, police headquarters, and many other areas west of the district centre.

Baz Mohammad said only three governmental security posts were resisting the Taliban on the western outskirts of the district center and Daesh militants were now in control of an area named Awlad south of the district centre.

The district chief said if security reinforcements didn’t arrive immediately, the remaining three check posts would also fall into the hands of Taliban.

However, Jawzjan police chief Brig. Gen. Rahmatullah Turkistani said a heavy clash was ongoing between insurgents and governmental forces in the district centre as of 4pm Tuesday and Daesh fighters had captured only two security posts.

He said Afghan air forces were targeting positions of the insurgents.

However, an area resident, Zabihullah, alleged the district was left to the Taliban under a ‘deal’. He said Taliban and Daesh could clash again and civilians might suffer casualties and financial losses.

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