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Taliban Take Badakhshan Police Base
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Taliban Take Badakhshan Police Base

Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday.
The loss of the Tirgaran Base in Badakhshan Province marked the largest mass surrender since US and NATO forces concluded their combat mission at the end of last year, AP reported.
"No reinforcements were sent to help the police at the base for the past three days when they were under the attack and finally they had no option: They had to join the Taliban," said Abdullah Naji Nazari, the head of Badakhshan's provincial council.
The police base, in the province's Wardoj district, had been cut off as heavy rains destroyed roads into the area, said Gen. Baba Jan, Badakhshan province's police chief.
Jan said the local police commander also joined the Taliban and handed over the base's weapons and ammunition.
The Taliban issued a statement saying they captured the base along with 110 police officers, their local commander and the head of the local border police. It did not say whether the captives joined their ranks.
Last month, hundreds of insurgents attacked security checkpoints in the province's Yamgan district, forcing police to abandon them.
Elsewhere in Badakhshan, the heavy rains left at least six people dead, including women and children, in Kofab district, said Nawid Frotan, the spokesman for the provincial governor.
Some 130 houses had been damaged or destroyed, and authorities are trying to send relief items including food to those stranded by rising waters, he said.

 

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