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Afghan Forces Retake Northern District From Taliban

A northern Afghan district that was briefly seized by the Taliban has been recaptured by government forces, a regional official told Radio Free Afghanistan.

Badakhshan Province Governor Faisal Begzad said on May 5 that government forces recaptured the Kohistan district from the Taliban after about an hour-long battle earlier in the day.

The Taliban launched a surprise attack on May 3 on the Kohistan district, which is located along a route to the provincial capital, Fayz Abad.

Abdullah Naji Nazari, a provincial council member, said on May 5 that the captured district was the third under Taliban control in Badakhshan, which has about two dozen districts.

Last month, the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive.

With reporting by AP and