Taliban retakes key north Afghan district


The Taliban retook part of a key northern Afghanistan district this morning after almost 12 hours of fierce fighting with the opposition Northern Alliance, an opposition spokesman said.

Qari Qudratullah, a spokesman for Northern Alliance commander Atta Mohammad, said the Taliban had taken back the eastern part of Aq-Kupruk district, 70 kilometers south of the northern capital of Mazar-i-Sharif.

He said the Taliban had launched fierce attacks from 2 p.m. yesterday until 3 this morning (10.30 p.m. Irish time Saturday).

The Taliban ambassador to Pakistan was reported as saying last night that the Islamic militia had completely retaken Aq-Kupruk.