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Taleban Fighters Take Control of Southern Afghan District

Authorities have lost control of a southern Afghanistan district after Taleban fighters attacked and disarmed police late Thursday.

Reports from Musa Qala in the southern province of Helmand say hundreds of Taleban fighters seized the town, destroying part of its district headquarters.

The Associated press quotes a spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Tom Collins, as saying an unknown number of militants apparently entered Musa Qala.

British forces pulled out of the town last year after a peace deal was signed between local elders and the Helmand provincial government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.