Taliban seize 2 districts, kill wounded police in Afghanistan

Taliban militants stand with their weapons in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez the capital of Paktia province Afghanistan

"And an investigation has been launched into the incident to determine the facts behind the regrettable incident", said a government statement.

Abdul Karim Youresh, spokesman for the police chief of Faryab Province, said the militants seized Kohistan district, including the government headquarters, early July 23.

The civilians were shot dead by the Taliban insurgents on Saturday.

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As per the recent reports, at least 13 militants have been reportedly killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan on Sunday.

The Efe news, on Sunday quotes the provincial governor's spokesperson Samim Khapalwak saying, "All those kidnapped are residents of Shah Wali Khost district, seven of them were killed on Saturday by the insurgents". Among the Taliban fighters killed in fighting in Helmand's Gereshk district was Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhunzada's 25-year-old son Hafiz Abdur Rahman Khalid, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

The bombing took place shortly after Afghan forces captured several areas from militants in the restive district, local officials said. Mewanwhile, in northern Badakhshan province Gov. Ahmad Faisal Bigzad said on July 22 that that 11 police were killed and another six wounded during a roaring battle with Taliban insurgents in the remote Tagab region. It wasn't immediately clear if they had been kidnapped or whether they had escaped.

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"They have released 30, but always keep at least 30 hostages", added the general, stating that it is "civilian pashtuns", the community of which generally belong to the taliban.

The Taliban has not yet claimed responsibility for the kidnappings.

Bigzad says the area of the fighting is tucked inside a mountainous region where access is restricted and even telephone contact is erratic. The Associated Press could not independently verify either death toll.

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Again, the fatal incident, which illustrates the deterioration of the situation, which happened on the highway connecting Faryab, the capital of Farah province (north-west), to the large western city of Herat, the taliban had temporarily blocked: they have forced the bus to stop and the sixteen passengers to get off.

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