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Taliban capture Yamgan District in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province

Afghan officials say Taliban militants have taken control of Yamgan District in Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan’s northeast, Press TV reports.

Hundreds of Taliban militants started their offensive against the remote mountainous district from four directions during the early hours of Saturday.

According to reports, a number of Afghan police officers were killed in the attack. Some officers were also captured by the militants.

Afghan officials told Press TV that air operations are underway to retake the district.

The Kabul government is also sending reinforcements to push out the militants from Yamgan.

Sakhi Dad Haidari, a deputy provincial police chief in Badakhshan, had earlier warned that the district could fall to the militants if reinforcements did not arrive soon.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Taliban militant group, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the militants had taken control of several checkpoints and the district center, killing several members of Afghan forces and seizing their weapons.

Badakhshan has been convulsed by Taliban militancy over the past year in a country which has been witnessing violence since 2001, when the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.

The war in Afghanistan has killed about 100,000 people and wounded approximately the same number, according to a new report compiled at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

The UN recently stated that civilian casualties in the country rose 16 percent in the first four months of 2015, compared to the same period last year, with 974 people killed and a further 1,963 wounded.

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