Overnight fighting in Afghancistan’s Takhar Province, still reeling from Monday’s deadly earthquake, has left the Taliban in control of the Darqand District, which is along the border with neighboring Tajikistan.
The earthquake left travel throughout the impact zone difficult, and left the defenders largely trying to defend the district without reinforcements. Police reported roughly six hours of overnight fighting before they withdrew from the district.
The Taliban’s assessment of the fighting was roughly the same, with about six hours of fighting before the seized the area. They also reported 12 police were killed, along with two Taliban. Several others were wounded on both sides.
The Taliban also insisted their takeover of the district would not interrupt earthquake recovery operations in the area, and that they were prepared to make arrangements allowing safe passage for aid workers.
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