Afghan safety forces, with the assistance of air strikes, repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on the provincial centre of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan on Sunday, officers stated.
The Taliban assault was the most recent in a string of offensives that has seen insurgents seize territory throughout Afghanistan as U.S.-led overseas forces are within the closing phases of withdrawing troops after nearly 20 years of combating.
“The enemy’s offensive assaults had been repelled, and so they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties, on account of which 55 enemy troopers had been killed and 90 had been wounded,” the governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq stated.
Reuters couldn’t independently verify his account.
Greater than a dozen Taliban fighters had been killed in air strikes by the Afghan Air Drive on hideouts on the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial middle, Taluqan, Afghanistan’s defence ministry stated on Twitter.
“The Taliban attacked Taluqan from 4 instructions final evening (Saturday), however had been confronted with sturdy resistance from safety forces and (native) individuals,” Khalil Asir, spokesman for Takhar Police Command, advised Reuters.
Taluqan is simply the most recent provincial capital to come back below Taliban strain. Earlier this week Taliban fighters entered the capital of the western province of Badghis, seizing police and safety amenities and making an attempt to take over the governor’s workplace earlier than particular forces pushed them again.
Insurgents have made a contemporary push to achieve territory in current weeks, emboldened by the departure of overseas forces. The Pentagon believes that after taking dozens of district centres, the Taliban will make a push for provincial centres.
In southern Afghanistan, too, clashes continued.
India stated on Sunday it had briefly repatriated officers from its consulate in Kandahar, a serious metropolis in southern Afghanistan.
“As a result of intense combating close to Kandahar metropolis, India-based personnel have been introduced again in the interim,” Arindam Bagchi, chief spokesperson at India’s overseas ministry, stated in a press release.
“India is carefully monitoring the evolving safety scenario in Afghanistan,” Bagchi stated, including that India’s consulate in Kandahar was being run by native workers briefly.
Taliban officers stated on Friday that the Sunni Muslim rebel group had taken management of 85% of Afghanistan’s territory. Afghan authorities officers dismissed the assertion as propaganda.