PUL-E-KHUMRI, May 20, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants attend a surrender ceremony in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Baghlan province, Afghanistan, May 20, 2020. Fifteen Taliban militants surrendered and handed over their weapons in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan on Wednesday, as the government has been trying to reconcile the insurgents after more than two decades of insurgency. (Photo by Sahel/Xinhua)
PUL-E-KHUMRI, May 20, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants attend a surrender ceremony in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Baghlan province, Afghanistan, May 20, 2020. Fifteen Taliban militants surrendered and handed over their weapons in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan on Wednesday, as the government has been trying to reconcile the insurgents after more than two decades of insurgency. (Photo by Sahel/Xinhua)

Taliban militants have shut down a health clinic in Arghistan district of the southern Kandahar province in Afghanistan, locals said.

In a letter issued to the doctors and staff of the clinic posted at the gate, the Taliban warned no one can enter the clinic without permission, and violators would be punished.

Since major parts of Arghistan district has been controlled by the Taliban group over the past few years, no official was there to make comment.

However, a local, on condition of anonymity, said the Taliban had closed down the clinic on the “ground of male doctors working with women,” adding that the Taliban did not allow sick women to visit the clinic unless accompanied by a close relative.

To keep the government officials and security forces away from the district, the Taliban militants, according to locals, have planted mines on the roads, besides bulldozing major roads and streets leading to provincial capital Kandahar city.

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