Afghan forces repel Taliban assault on provincial capital, says governor

Afghan forces repel Taliban assault on provincial capital, says governor

According to Afghanistan’s defense ministry, more than a dozen Taliban fighters were killed in airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force on hideouts on the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial center, Taluqan.

With the help of airstrikes, Afghan security forces repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on the provincial center of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan on Sunday, officials said.

The Taliban assault was the latest in a string of offensives that have seen insurgents capture territory across Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign forces are in the final stages of withdrawing troops after almost 20 years of fighting.

“The enemy’s offensive attacks were repelled, and they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties due to which 55 enemy soldiers were killed and 90 were wounded,” the governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq said.

Reuters could not independently confirm his account.

More than a dozen Taliban fighters were killed in airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force on hideouts on the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial center, Taluqan, Afghanistan’s defense ministry said on Twitter.

“The Taliban attacked Taluqan from four directions last night (Saturday), but were faced with strong resistance from security forces and (local) people,” Khalil Asir, spokesman for Takhar Police Command, told Reuters.

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