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Taliban Overruns District In Eastern Afghanistan

Taliban fighters reportedly have overrun a district in eastern Afghanistan.

District police chief Mohammad Yasin said the Taliban attacked and seized government offices in Khogyani district in Ghazni Province overnight.

Yasin, who was away when the attack took place, said police had suffered casualties but he did not know exactly how many.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said all the police officers guarding the district headquarters were killed or captured.

In recent months, Ghazni has become one of the most unstable provinces in Afghanistan.

Parliamentary elections held in September did not take place in Ghazni because of the security threat.

Afghanistan has more than 350 districts. Around 10 are under direct Taliban control.

compiled from agency reports