News - Afghanistan
The Afghan security forces launched a military operation in Yamgan district of north-eastern Badakhshan province on Sunday to retake control of the district after dozens of Taliban insurgents attack the area on Saturday, local officials said.
"The ground forces and air forces have launched a military operation in Yamgan to retake control of the district," a spokesman for Badakhshan police headquarters, Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai said.
More troops have also arrived from the capital of the province to support the local troops, he said.
The attack took place when Taliban insurgents, including foreigners, stormed the district and started clashing with security forces early Saturday.
Later in the day, military officials said security forces had tactically retreated from the district so as to prevent civilian casualties. This comes after clashes lasted several hours between security forces and insurgents.
Before this the provincial acting governor, Shah Wali Adeeb said: "The Taliban insurgents have surrounded the security forces in the district and clashes are ongoing."
He said he had called on central government to send in reinforcement troops to help the local security forces.