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Taliban Seize HQ in Eastern Afghanistan08/27 10:13

   Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says the Taliban have overrun 
a district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.

   Naqib Ahmad Atal, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, says Afghan 
security forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters Saturday to 
prevent civilian casualties.

   He says at least five police officers were killed and five others were 
wounded in heavy fighting.

   Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the fighters have taken over the 
district and seized weapons, ammunition and military vehicles.

   The Taliban have been waging offensives across Afghanistan in recent months, 
capturing two districts in the north and threatening the provincial capital of 
the southern Helmand province.


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