Sunday, September 13, 1998 Published at 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
World: South Asia
Taleban take opposition stronghold
The Taleban have captured the town of Bamiyan in Afghanistan - regarded as the last major opposition stronghold in the country.
Iran's official news agency later confirmed the town had been captured.
Earlier in the week, it was reported that the Taleban had conducted air raids on the town, targeting the airport.
A Taleban spokesman accused the Iranian-backed Hezb-e-Wahdat of killing jailed Taleban fighters before fleeing the town, but said dozens more had been freed from prison.
The Taleban and Iran are locked in a war of words over the killing by Taleban fighters of at least 9 Iranian diplomats when the militia seized the opposition stronghold of Mazar-e-Sharif last month.
However, he has called on his soldiers to treat prisoners of war in Bamiyan respectfully and in accordance with Islamic principles.
Bamiyan became the main opposition stronghold after the Taleban overran the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif last month, giving them control of more than 80% of Afghanistan.