An Afghan policeman stands guard as he keep watches amid an ongoing battle with Taliban militants in the Gereshk district of Helmand province on July 22, 2017.AFP / NOOR MOHAMMAD
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Afghan police Sunday launched a search operation for some 30 villagers still missing two days after a mass kidnapping blamed on Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar.The Taliban denied involvement, while confirming they had attacked police checkpoints in the area.Elsewhere in the country, the Taliban Sunday captured two district centers in northern Faryab and central Ghor provinces, officials said.In Faryab, the insurgents overran Kohistan district center after an overnight attack triggered hours of fighting, police spokesman Abdul Karim Yourish said.He said troops had retreated 2 kilometers from the center of Kohistan.
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