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Taliban seizes Afghan police base after over 100 cops surrender

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London: The Taliban have reportedly seized a police base in Afghanistan and captured scores of officers following three days of fighting, officials said.

The militant group secured control over the base in Badakhshan province after over 100 officers surrendered. They were freed after handing over their weapons, reported the BBC.

The Taliban issued a statement saying that they had released 110 police officers, their local commander and the head of the local border police after striking an agreement.

A police spokesperson also said that the captured officers were released after a deal between the militants and the local police commanders, who surrendered on Saturday evening.

Some officials blamed the central government for failing to send reinforcements to break the siege.

The base was cut off after heavy rains destroyed roads in the area, said Badakhshan Police Chief General Baba Jan.

The surrender was the largest by Afghan security forces since Nato ended its combat mission in December. (ANI)