Taliban Kidnaps 70, Kills 7 After Clash With Army

Taliban militants stand with their weapons in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez the capital of Paktia province Afghanistan

"Our mujahideen killed a number of local police and pro-government militias there, also capturing 17 suspects who were later released after interrogation".

Afghan and United States forces launched an offensive against ISIS in early March.

The Taliban seized control of two key districts in Afghanistan - Kohistan district in Faryab and Taywara in Ghor - in a matter of hours.

Ghulam Naser Khazeh, the governor of Ghor, told Anadolu Agency that Taywara fell when hundreds of insurgents attacked the district from various directions on Saturday night, but gave no casualty figures.

Afghan police launch search operation for kidnapped villagersAfghan police launched July 23 a search and rescue operation two days after at least 70 villagers were kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar.

In June and July 2016, a series of interceptions had resulted in the removal of almost 200 people, including in the province of Kunduz (north): a lot of them had been released, but a dozen at least were killed, according to police. Bigzad said another 20 members of a local police force were missing following a firefight on July 21.

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Highways passing through insurgency-prone areas have become exceedingly risky, with the Taliban and other armed groups frequently kidnapping or killing travellers.

Khpolwak said the buses were traveling to Uruzgan province when they were attacked. It wasn't immediately clear if they had been kidnapped or had escaped.

A Taliban statement meanwhile claimed a victory and said 16 Afghan soldiers were killed.

Bigzad says the area of the fighting is tucked inside a mountainous region where access is restricted and even telephone contact is erratic. Taliban have in the past exaggerated their successes and the remoteness of the area made it impossible to independently verify.

Again, the fatal incident, which illustrates the deterioration of the situation, which happened on the highway connecting Faryab, the capital of Farah province (north-west), to the large western city of Herat, the taliban had temporarily blocked: they have forced the bus to stop and the sixteen passengers to get off.

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