Afghan forces retake Kohistan from Taliban
Kohistan district in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, which had fallen to the Taliban on Thursday, was on Saturday retaken by the government forces, reported TOLO news.
Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told TOLOnews that the Taliban suffered heavy losses in the military operation. He said the operation will continue to clear all the district from militants.
On Thursday, Taliban fighters captured the remote Kohistan district in northern Afghanistan after a fierce fight with Afghan police forces that left five police and militiamen dead.
Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) had said Friday that security forces are fighting the Taliban to retake Badakhshan's Kohistan district, said reports.
The Taliban took control of Kohistan shortly after the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that out of 407 Afghan districts, the Taliban had control of 59 districts while Afghan government forces and the Taliban were fighting for 119 districts. The government of Afghanistan controls only 229 districts, according to SIGAR.