Afghanistan, Oct. 16 -- A female resident - known as commander Kaftar - joined the Taliban insurgents in Baghlan province of North Afghanistan, the insurgent group claimed in a statement Thursday.

While the Afghan government did not immediately comment or affirm the claim, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a tweet Thursday evening said Kaftar has been "forced" to stand against Islamic Emirates' Mujahidin.

"Female commander (Kaftar) mislead by enemy & forced to apparently stand against IEA Mujahidin in Sajano area of Nahrin district #Baghlan joined Mujahidin along with her armed followers earlier today," he said. "Preaching & Guidance Commission officials welcomed them."

North Afghanistan is an insecure zone, where a number of resid...