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Afghans retake town overrun by Taliban; no word on fate of captured official, police

Afghan security forces recaptured a remote town Friday that the Taliban had overtaken the previous day, officials said.

Taliban militants attacked and captured Rashidan in Ghazni province late Thursday, taking captive the district's government leader and eight police, militants and officials said.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said Afghan security forces regained control of the town Friday evening. Radmanish, who goes by one name, said the fate of the nine captured men wasn't immediately clear.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, 1st Lt. Nathan Perry, said reports indicated the Afghan forces encountered no resistance in Rashidan on Friday.

Taliban militants have in the past briefly overrun remote district centers before Afghan or NATO forces again push the militants out. But insurgents also control several areas in southern Afghanistan, particularly in Helmand province.


Added: May-31-2008 
By: natej740
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, Taliban, al-Qaeda, OEF
Location: Kabul, Kabol, Afghanistan (load item map)
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