During the last 24 hours in Afghanistan, security personnel killed 111 Taliban terrorists. The Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that 111 Taliban militants were killed and 79 others were injured in ground and air operations by government forces. Government forces carried out this action during the last 24 hours in Vardak, Uruzgan, Zabul, Badgis, Faryab, Nimruz, Helmand, Takhar, and Badakhshan provinces. According to the statement, the security forces also detected and thwarted 12 explosive devices.
The Interior Ministry did not say whether any soldiers were also killed during the operation. However, Salman Yusufi, governor of Tolak district in Gor province, said 20 soldiers were killed and the same number wounded in fighting with Taliban militants. Apart from this, 10 soldiers have been captured by the Taliban. Taliban militants have intensified attacks on the provincial capital, districts, and other targets since the US officially announced the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, two Afghan lawmakers Amir Muhammad Khaksar and Syed Hayatullah Alimi have called for additional troops to be deployed in the northern province to prevent more parts from falling into Taliban hands. Officials say at least 17 districts have been taken over by the Taliban in the past two months. According to Tolo News, the two lawmakers said that on Thursday the Taliban took control of the Iskmis and Soma Kala districts.
Taliban oppose Turkey’s proposal
The Taliban has opposed Turkey’s offer to secure Kabul airport. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said that according to the 2020 deal, Turkey must leave Afghanistan. Earlier, Turkey said it was ready to guard the Kabul airport with 500 troops if the NATO alliance provided it with economic, strategic, and political support.
Seven killed in blast in western Kabul
The western part of Kabul was shaken by two blasts on Saturday. Afghanistan’s interior ministry said at least seven people were killed in the blasts. The incident took place in a neighborhood dominated by the minority Hazara community. Earlier this month too, 12 civilians were killed in a bus attack in the area.