GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents overran a district in eastern Afghanistan, killing and wounding dozens of police and soldiers and threatening strategically important road routes to Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.
Abdul Rahman Solamal, governor of Jani Khel district, in the eastern province of Paktia said that after heavy overnight fighting, security forces had pulled out of the district, which sits at an intersection linking eight districts and which connects Paktia with neighbouring Khost province and Pakistan.
"Our district was surrounded by Taliban for almost five days," he told Reuters. "Hundreds of them attacked our check posts overnight.
"If we do not retake it soon then Taliban can easily move from one province to another and can undermine security in at least three provinces," he said.