KABUL, Afghanistan

The Taliban on Saturday claimed to have captured five more districts in northern Afghanistan, while Afghan forces said they killed 228 insurgents in the past 24 hours.

Amid ensuing violence nationwide, the Taliban said in a statement that their insurgents had captured the districts of Warduj, Tashkaan, Tagab, Yaftal Payen and Kishm in Badakhshan province bordering Tajikistan.

With no comment from security officials on the claim, the local administration in the province announced that special military units had arrived to push back the advancing insurgents. Spokesman Nek Mohammad, told Anadolu Agency that the commander of the 217-Pamir Corps was leading the offensives against the Taliban.

In the wake of the US withdrawal, the Taliban are on a nationwide offensive, overrunning up to 100 districts, while Afghan forces claim killing nearly 200 insurgents in counter-terrorism operations on daily basis.

“228 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 116 others were wounded as a result of #ANDSF Afghan National Defense and Security Forces operations in Logar, Paktika, Kandahar, Herat, Badghis, Farah, Balkh, Helmand & Kapisa provinces during the last 24 hours. Also, 13 IEDs were discovered & defused by #ANA (Afghan National Army),” tweeted the Defense Ministry on Saturday.

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