Taliban members have seized Jani Khel district in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia after a series of firefights with Afghan forces backed up by the US-led NATO contingent in the country.
The Afghan government confirmed that Jani Khel fell to the Taliban movement.
Afghan forces allegedly left the district after the start of the advance without significant resistance to Taliban fighters.
“The security forces asked for air support during the clashes, but did not receive a response and retreated from the district as a result,” TOLONews quoted an Afghan official.
No casualties have been officially announced by the Afghan government.
The Taliban-linked media claimed that over 12 security forces members were killed and 17 others were injured after Taliban fighters seized the district administrative center, the police headquarters and nearby areas. According to the report, 2 Taliban members were killed and the group seized a large number of weapons and munition.
The Taliban also claimed that its members destroyed a Humvee vehicle and killed 4 US soldiers in the province of Parwan. The NATO has not commented on the issue.