(Al Jazeera) The Taliban has captured the city of Sheberghan, the second Afghan provincial capital to fall to the armed group in less than 24 hours, the city’s deputy governor said.
Qader Malia, the deputy governor of Sheberghan in Jawzjan province, said on Saturday that government forces and officials had retreated to the airport on the outskirts of the northern Afghan city, where they were preparing to defend themselves.
“The city has unfortunately fallen completely,” Malia told the AFP news agency. “The [government] forces and officials have retreated to the airport.”
Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis, reporting from the Afghan capital Kabul, said the situation on the ground is nuanced and fluid.