© Stringer / Reuters
Reuters: Taliban fighters overrun district in eastern Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents overran a district in eastern Afghanistan, killing and wounding dozens of police and soldiers and threatening strategically important road routes to Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.
Abdul Rahman Solamal, governor of Jani Khel district, in the eastern province of Paktia said that after heavy overnight fighting, security forces had pulled out of the district, which sits at an intersection linking eight districts and which connects Paktia with neighboring Khost province and Pakistan.
"Our district was surrounded by Taliban for almost five days," he told Reuters. "Hundreds of them attacked our check posts overnight.
"If we do not retake it soon then Taliban can easily move from one province to another and can undermine security in at least three provinces," he said.
Read more ....
More News On The Taliban Seizing The District of Jani Khel In Pakita Province
Taliban seize district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan -- AP
Taliban Capture District In Southern Afghanistan -- RFE
Taliban capture eastern Afghan district after overrunning govt. forces -- RT
Taliban captures Afghanistan’s Janikhel district -- The Nation
Taliban militants capture Jani Khel district in of Paktia -- Khaama Press