Daily US Times: The Taliban have taken control of the Sheberghan city in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan.
It’s the second regional capital to fall to the militant group, after Zaranj in the south-western province of Nimroz fell to them on Friday.
It is a major blow to Afghan security forces, with battles raging across the country as the Taliban militants make rapid advances.
There are also reports of heavy fighting in Lashkar Gah in the south and Kunduz in the north.
The city of Sheberghan is a stronghold of the former vice-president and warlord of Afghanistan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose supporters have been leading the fight against the insurgents.
At least 150 people travelled to the city to help Afghan forces, local media reports.
On Friday, Taliban fighters first took control of the governor’s compound during intense fighting, before it was retaken by Afghan security forces.
However, Babur Eshchi, the region’s council chief, said that the Taliban is now in control of the whole city, except an army base, where fighting was still going on.
The region’s deputy governor told AFP that government officials had retreated to the airport.
Taliban claimed that they had captured a prison in Sheberghan. Social media video shows hundreds of inmates leaving the city jail.
Violence has escalated across the country after US forces began to withdraw their troops from the country, following 20 years of military operations.
The UK AND us governments have urged its citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately because of the worsening security situation.
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