Taliban militants have captured most villages in Rashidan District in the eastern province of Ghazni, local officials said.
The militants attacked the Rashidan district on Wednesday night and took control of several parts of the troubled region. The district chief fled his office in the face of Taliban rocket attacks and bombings. The office is reportedly seized by Taliban militants. Residents and eyewitnesses said the volatile district and its adjacent areas have now become the scene of heavy fighting between Taliban militants and government forces. Dozens of civilians have fled their homes. In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual "spring offensive" against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan. The militant group said it would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks. The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.