Afghanistan, Oct. 18 -- Security officials in Badakhshan say Taliban fighters have taken control over parts of Faizabad city, the provincial capital, after days of heavy fighting.

Badakhshan police spokesman Sanaullah Rouhani said security forces had retreated from the eighth district of Faizabad after several days of fierce fighting with the Taliban.

Rouhani added security forces had made a tactical retreat to prevent civilian casualties and that efforts are underway to retake the area from Taliban control.

According to the spokesman for provincial Police HQ, 29 Taliban fighters were killed and 64 others including three Afghan security forces were wounded in the fighting.

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