“The Taliban insurgents launched massive offensive to overrun the headquarters of Darqad district at 01:00 a.m. local time today.
”The security forces retaliated, forcing the insurgents to flee after suffering casualties,” Asir told Xinhua.
Asir, however, didn’t provide more details. An army officer, Abdul Razeq, confirmed the fighting with further details.
Razeq said “eight Taliban rebels and one soldier were killed and nine others including five soldiers and four insurgents were injured” in the fire-fight which lasted for a couple of hours.”
Taliban’s repeated attempts to overrun the strategically important Darqad district have failed over the past couple of years. (Xinhua/NAN)