Officials in Tajikistan’s National Security confirmed that nearly 300 Afghan soldiers have crossed the border and fled to Tajikistan after a heavy clash between Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and the Taliban.

The officials though have not specified the exact area from where the soldiers crossed the border but said that there has been a heavy confrontation between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in Badakhshan districts bordering Tajikistan.

This is the second time Afghan troops flee Afghanistan and cross the border to neighboring Tajikistan. Over 130 Afghan soldiers left Afghanistan last month and sought sanctuary in Tajikistan.

Fawad Aman, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Baharak district of Badakhshan province was recaptured by ANDSF. The ministry claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties to Taliban militants during the seizure operation. The district had fallen to the Taliban the previous day.

This comes as the first vice president, Amrullah Saleh in his latest tweet emphasized that the Taliban will never take control over Afghanistan. His tweet reads that there is now a great opportunity for unity in Afghanistan than ever and people from across the country ask Kabul for deployment of the National Army and commandoes which demonstrates rule of law.