Afghan safety forces, with the assistance of air strikes, repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on the provincial centre of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan on Sunday, officers stated.

The Taliban assault was the most recent in a string of offensives that has seen insurgents seize territory throughout Afghanistan as U.S.-led international forces are within the closing levels of withdrawing troops after virtually 20 years of preventing.

“The enemy’s offensive attacks were repelled, and they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties, as a result of which 55 enemy soldiers were killed and 90 were wounded,” the governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq stated.

Reuters couldn’t independently affirm his account.

More than a dozen Taliban fighters have been killed in air strikes by the Afghan Air Force on hideouts on the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial heart, Taluqan, Afghanistan’s defence ministry stated on Twitter.

“The Taliban attacked Taluqan from four directions last night (Saturday), but were faced with strong resistance from security forces and (local) people,” Khalil Asir, spokesman for Takhar Police Command, informed Reuters.

Taluqan is simply the most recent provincial capital to return beneath Taliban strain. Earlier this week Taliban fighters entered the capital of the western province of Badghis, seizing police and safety amenities and trying to take over the governor’s workplace earlier than particular forces pushed them again.

Insurgents have made a recent push to realize territory in current weeks, emboldened by the departure of international forces. The Pentagon believes that after taking dozens of district centres, the Taliban will make a push for provincial centres.

In southern Afghanistan, too, clashes continued.

India stated on Sunday it had briefly repatriated officers from its consulate in Kandahar, a serious metropolis in southern Afghanistan.

“Due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being,” Arindam Bagchi, chief spokesperson at India’s international ministry, stated in a press release.

“India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan,” Bagchi stated, including that India’s consulate in Kandahar was being run by native employees briefly.

Taliban officers stated on Friday that the Sunni Muslim rebel group had taken management of 85% of Afghanistan’s territory. Afghan authorities officers dismissed the assertion as propaganda.

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