Taliban insurgents captured a district in northern Afghanistan, forcing authorities troops to retreat to the provincial capital amid a latest surge in violence, officers stated on Wednesday.
Combating has escalated sharply in latest weeks, with Afghan officers saying the Taliban have stepped up their assaults since Washington introduced plans final month to tug out all U.S. troops by Sept. 11.
The militants seized the district of Barka within the northern province of Baghlan after hours of preventing with Afghan forces, who retreated to the primary metropolis, stated Jawed Basharat, a spokesman for the provincial police.
The Taliban suffered heavy losses within the preventing, he added, however a senior safety official who sought anonymity stated no less than 10 safety forces have been killed and 16 others captured by the Taliban.
The district fell a day after Afghan safety forces fought again a significant Taliban offensive within the southern province of Helmand.
The Afghan authorities says it has recorded greater than 100 Taliban assaults on safety forces and different authorities installations in 26 of the 34 provinces over the past 24 hours.
The Taliban overran a small outpost on a freeway in Baghlan, killing 9 Afghan troopers and wounding a number of, regional officers stated on Tuesday.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz stated one particular person was killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb hit a automobile belonging to a well being official exterior the town.
One other roadside bomb killed a district police commander within the southeastern province of Paktika on Tuesday, officers stated.
Though the USA missed a Could 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with the Taliban final 12 months, its pull-out has begun.
Critics of President Joe Biden’s resolution to withdraw say the Islamist militants will attempt to sweep again into energy.
The hardline Islamist group now holds sway over extra territory than at any level since its ouster by U.S.-led troops after the assaults of Sept. 11 on the USA in 2001.