Taliban group intensifies activities in Afghanistan northern regions

Afghanistan

The incident took place near Taliban hideout in Kunduz province of Afghanistan on Sunday morning, Police said.

The Taliban overran Kohistan district in northern Faryab province after storming the district government's headquarters - which houses the police headquarters - late Saturday night, Abdul Karim Yourish, a provincial police spokesman said.

The reasons why these villagers have been referred to are unknown, but this type of operation target, in general, the officials of the Kabul government and the security forces.

The United States in a statement confirmed that the airstrike on the Security Forces compound occurred during a USA -supported operation against Taliban insurgents in the area.

The extremist group has often targeted government officials and security forces for attack, but the Taliban has been also known to kidnap civilians for use as hostages.

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"The reason is that we were grappling with a shortage of fresh forces, we needed the commandos, but they did not come", said head of Faryab provincial council Mohammad Sami Khaikhaw.

The spokesperson, who did not mention the number of casualties, said the Taliban launched a coordinated attack in Taywara forcing the Afghan troops to retreat, Efe news reported.

Meanwhile, Moheseni said at least eight police were killed in battles against the militants in Ghor, an impoverished, remote province in central Afghanistan.

Highways passing through insurgency-prone areas have become exceedingly unsafe, with the Taliban and other armed groups frequently kidnapping or killing travellers. It wasn't immediately clear if they had been kidnapped or had escaped.

The last incident of this type dates back to 12 July: afghan authorities have discovered the bullet-ridden bodies of seven passengers of a bus whose occupants have been kidnapped in the west during an attack attributed to the taliban. The area in which the fighting occurred is tucked inside a mountainous region where access is restricted and telephone contact is unsteady. Taliban have in the past exaggerated their successes and the remoteness of the area makes it near impossible to independently verify.

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