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Taqab district retaken

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Afghan security forces have recaptured Taqab district of northeastern Badakhshan province following a clearing operation against Taliban insurgents, a provincial official said on Tuesday.

Ahmad Naweed Frotan, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the operation was conducted by the Afghan National Police (ANP), the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces.

“The Taliban left the district after fighting the security forces and retreated to Yamgan district of the province,” TOLONews quoted Frotan, as saying.

At the same time, Gen. Sakhidad, a military commander in the province, said that Taliban was threatening Faizabad and Takahr highway as the group had control of the Taqab district.

This comes after two months ago the Afghan security forces recaptured the control of a gold mine in Raghistan district of Badakhshan province, after almost 40 days continued clearance operation against the Taliban insurgents in the area. According to officials, gold mine in Raghistan district was become a significant source of income for the Taliban insurgents.

Confirming the report, an MP from Badakhshan said that security forces recaptured the control of the gold mine from the Taliban insurgents.

“The security forces saved the gold from the Taliban with the cooperation of the people. Now the mine is between the two sides, but it has been saved from the militants,” Gulalai Akbari, a senator from Badakhshan said in that time.