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Taliban take two Afghan towns
Taliban forces have captured two towns in southern Afghanistan.
Taliban insurgents entered Naway-i-Barakzayi, a Helmand town north of Garmser, and clashed briefly with police before the security officials fled, an Afghan police official said.
The official said Taliban forces were now moving freely around the town and district.
In the Helmand town of Garmser, close to the Pakistan border, scores of Taliban insurgents overran Afghan policemen holed up in a compound on Sunday, driving the security forces and a handful of government officials to flee, another Afghan official said.
Major Scott Lundy, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, said: "We are in contact with lots of people to build an accurate picture of the two districts in southern Helmand which are under control of the Taliban."
On Monday, a bomber killed three justice ministry employees after blowing himself up inside their offices in Helmand.
Three Afghan soldiers also died in a roadside bombing in the province.
In eastern Afghanistan, US-led troops killed four Arab and Chechen fighters, after raiding their hideout.
Taliban forces killed a coalition soldier and wounded 11 others in a battle on Monday in Tirin Kot, capital of Helmand's neighbouring Uruzgan province, a US statement said.