Kabul: The governor of an eastern Afghan province says Taliban fighters have taken over a government building in a remote town, seizing control of half of the rugged mountainous district in the process.
Nuristan Gov. Jamaludin Badar says the Taliban on Wednesday took over the compound in the province`s Duab district, where fighting has been going on for weeks near the border with Pakistan. He says they now control the west half of the district.
No Afghan army or NATO forces are stationed in Nuristan, only police officers.
Badar says the Taliban fighters were using heavy weaponry like mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, while the Afghan police are lightly armed.
He says eight Taliban fighters and three policemen have been killed in days of fighting there.