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Saturday, 17 February, 2001, 09:40 GMT
Taleban 'recapture' Bamiyan

The Taleban authorities in Afghanistan say that, after three hours of heavy fighting, they have recaptured the key central town of Bamiyan.

The town, which provides an important route to the Taleban-held northern provinces, was taken by opposition forces on Wednesday.

An opposition spokesman, Mohamad Muhaqeq, has confirmed that the Taleban launched a heavy attack around the town, but refused to comment on its reported fall.

There is no independent confirmation of the Taleban claim.

The Taleban have twice lost Bamiyan in the past two years, but on both occasions they quickly recaptured it.

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