taliban-flag1The Taliban militants have taken control of Nawzad district in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the local officials said.

A member of the provincial council Ataullah Afghan said the district fall to Taliban control following days of heavy clashes between the Taliban militants and Afghan security forces.

A lawmaker in the Upper House of the Parliament – Meshrano Jirga Hashim Alokozay said heavy clashes continued in Nawzad district during the past three days and the government was informed regarding the possible fall of the district of Taliban control.

In the meantime, a local security official said at least eight members of the Afghan army and four members of the Afghan police lost their lives during the heavy gun battle.

A spokesman for the Taliban Qari Yousuf Ahmadi however claimed that heavy casualties were incurred to Afghan forces and said at least 27 members of the Afghan security forces were killed.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

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