Taliban controls key district in Afghanistan

About one thousand militants from Taliban storm administration buildings in Afghan province Jawand

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Taliban fighters seized local government buildings in the northwestern Afghanistan province of Jawand on Sunday, according to Haji Bahauddin Quadesi, head of the provincial council of Badghis.

Qadesi said approximately one thousand fighters attacked administration buildings and police headquarters of the Jawand.

“The district has already fallen to the insurgents and the police and district chiefs have fled the area.” said Qadesi.

Holding Jawand district by militants can give an opportunity to expand neighbouring countries and provide them to transmit supplies.

Afghanistan interior ministry rejected that the Taliban occupied the district but accepted that government sent troops there to fight with the militants.

“Very soon the situation will be under control,” Sediq Sediqi said, a spokesman for the the ministry.

The suspected militants raided Afghanistan’s intelligence agency in the southern city of Kandahar and wounded four security officials early on Sunday. Shortly after the incident, the United States air strikes killed Taliban’s senior official Mullah Gul Agha and a dozens of fighters, according to a local police.

TRTWorld and agencies