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Taliban Captures Afghan District On Tajik Border

File photo of detained insurgents in Takhar.

Taliban militants have overrun a district in northern Afghanistan amid intense battles with Afghan security forces.

Takhar Province government spokesman Sonatulah Taimor said on October 28 that the militants have taken control of Darqad district, which is on the country's northern border with Tajikistan.

Map of Darqad district captured by Taliban on October 28
Map of Darqad district captured by Taliban on October 28

Taimor said six Afghan troops had been killed in the fighting. The Taliban issued a statement saying two of their fighters had been killed and claiming that the insurgents captured government and police buildings in the district.

Afghan government officials have said the Taliban has joined forces with militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and other organizations with the goal of spreading northward into Central Asia.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa

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