Taliban captures Khanashin district in Afghanistan

Taliban captures Khanashin district in Afghanistan

Local officials said that battle started after Taliban fighters attacked parts of the district on Friday night.(Representative Image) Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Kabul Jul 31, 2016, 01.32 AM (IST)
Local officials today said that Khanashin district in Afghanistan's Helmand province has fallen to Taliban after hours of clashes with the security forces since last night.

Officials said that battle started after Taliban fighters attacked parts of the district on Friday night, reports Tolo news.

Omar Zwak, Helmand governor's spokesman said clashes were underway between the Afghan troops and the Taliban rebels in parts of the district.

He said the Air Force has started supporting the ground troops in the district and nearly 20 Taliban rebels have been killed in the air raids.

Zwak added that one police personnel was killed and five others including Khanashin district police chief Abdul Rauf were injured in the conflict.

(AFP)

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Clashes between Afghan troops and Taliban rebels started as the latter attacked parts of the Khanashin district on Friday night

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