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Violence spreads in Jawzjan as Taliban overrun four villages

AT-KABUL: The Taliban have overrun four villages in Faizabad district of Jawzjan province, local authorities said Monday, as conflict is escalating in the tumultuous northern region.

The villages of Garjak, Shishakhana, Turkmania, Shirabad, and Khairabad are among the collapsed ones.

The Shibighan-Balkh Highway would be closed to traffic if no reinforcement troops are dispatched, said local public uprising commander, Sahib Khan.The villages are about half kilometers away from the Shibirghan-Balkh highway.

However, Jowzjan Police Chief, Faqir Mohammad claimed only 50 % of the mentioned villages are under the control of Taliban, and reinforcement troops would be sent to the villages at the soonest.

He noted clashes are ongoing between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban militants.He also added as a result of the clashes 3 militants were killed and three others wounded, and one public uprising member was killed and three others wounded.

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