Taliban seize key government buildings in Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul, Afghan officials say

Afghan officials say the Taliban have seized key government buildings in Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul, and they have seized most of Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul.

Afghan officials say Afghan forces are confined to the airport and military base, and a clearing operation by government forces is under way in Kunduz.

Local officials say pressure has also increased in Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province, with civilians fleeing as clashes escalate.

A Taliban spokesman said the Taliban had taken control of most of Kunduz, with Taliban fighters near the airport in Kunduz.