The Taliban have seized control of Afghanistan’s first provincial capital, their first victory since launching an offensive against government forces, just as US-led foreign troops began withdrawing from the country.

In an interview with the AFP news agency, Roh Gul Khairzad, Nimroz’s deputy governor, confirmed the Taliban’s takeover of Zaranj, the provincial capital.

The deputy governor said Taliban fighters had taken control of the town of Zaranj near the border with Iran without fighting government forces.

The Taliban’s takeover of the provincial capital, Nimroz, came as Taliban militants shot dead the head of the Afghan government’s media department in Kabul.

The militants have vowed to carry out more attacks on senior government officials in retaliation for attacks by Afghan and US forces.