Taliban enters Qala-e-Naw city in W. Afghanistan, fighting continues

Source: Xinhua| 2021-07-07 16:07:05|Editor: huaxia
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QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants entered Qala-e-Naw city, the capital of Afghanistan's western Badghis province on Wednesday and fighting was going on, a member of provincial council Zia Gul Habibi said.

According to the official, Taliban fighters entered the city after capturing police headquarters on Wednesday morning and fighting was going on for the control of provincial capital Qala-e-Naw city.

Another official Azizbig who serves as head of provincial council also confirmed the incident, saying the Taliban militants "after capturing all the districts in the restive Badghis province" entered Qala-e-Naw city.

He also asserted that the prisoners availing opportunity had also escaped the jail from provincial capital Qala-e-Naw.

Badghis governor Hasamudin Shams in a short comment confirmed, "Enemies entered Qala-e-Naw" and fighting erupted.

If captured, Qala-e-Naw would be the first provincial capital overrun by the Taliban militants to consolidate position in conflict-battered Afghanistan.

Taliban militants, who have reportedly captured more than 100 districts since the start of the U.S.-led forces withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 1, have yet to make comment on the situation in Qala-e-Naw city. Enditem