Eighty-four Afghanistan troopers have been arrested by Uzbekistan border authorities Saturday after it emerged that they had escaped into the nation to flee because the Taliban offensive gathers steam.

Uzbekistan stated border troops had arrested the “violators of the state border” and that authorities held “talks with the Afghan aspect” about their return to Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan supplied the detained Afghan troopers with meals, non permanent lodging and medical remedy, the Uzbek overseas ministry stated in a press release.

It additionally famous “an accumulation of army personnel of the Afghan authorities forces” on the Afghan aspect of the bridge on the Termez-Hairatan border crossing.

“Measures are being taken to offer humanitarian help to those individuals,” the assertion stated with out providing particulars.

The Taliban on Saturday seized the northern stronghold Mazar-i-Sharif, which is round 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Uzbekistan by highway.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had visited the town simply three days earlier.

With the group’s declare to seize Jalalabad confirmed by residents early on Sunday, Kabul is now the one main metropolis beneath Afghan authorities management.

Afghan forces have retreated over the nation’s borders with Central Asian states Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on a number of events because the Taliban started a sweeping advance amid the pullout of US forces in Could.

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