KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says the Taliban have captured a second district in the northern Kunduz province after heavy fighting with local security forces.
Mohammad Yusuf Ayubi, head of the provincial council, says the insurgents attacked the district of Dashti Archi from four sides, setting off heavy fighting before seizing full control of the area early Monday.
He says local forces suffered casualties but did not have a precise count.
He says around 150,000 residents of the district were unable to leave.
The Taliban seized control of the Chardara district in Kunduz on Sunday. The insurgents attacked the provincial capital, also called Kunduz, in a surprise attack in April and nearly captured the city before Afghan forces pushed them back.