Taliban militants seized a government military base and captured more than 100 Afghan forces in the country’s northeast, officials said Sunday.
The capture of the base in remote Badakhshan province came Saturday evening after four days of fighting, said Abdullah Nazari, chairman of the provincial council.
As in previous instances of Afghan forces losing ground to Taliban insurgents this summer, Nazari said that government soldiers put up a fight but received no backup from the central government.
“No one has told us why yet, but we expect an answer as to why our own security forces were left to fight alone for four days,” Nazari said. “The ministries of Interior and of Defense must both provide answers.”