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The capital of Badghis province, Qala-i-Naw, became the Taliban’s new target in Afghanistan on Wednesday. This is the first time since the start of their offensive in the spring that they have attacked a provincial capital.
The offensive continues in Afghanistan. The Taliban launched their first attack on a provincial capital on Wednesday (July 7) since the start of their all-out campaign against Afghan forces in May, targeting Qala-i-Naw, capital of Badghis province, local authorities reported.
“The enemy has entered the city, all the districts (surrounding area, editor’s note) have fallen, the fighting has started in the city”, declared the governor of Badghis, Hessamuddin Shams, in an SMS to journalists.
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The head of the Badghis provincial council, Abdul Aziz Bek, confirmed to AFP the entry of the Taliban into the city and the continuation of the fighting.
“Last night, officials from the provincial security services surrendered to the Taliban and the latter were in town this (Wednesday) morning,” Abdul Aziz Bek said. “The fighting continues at this very moment in various parts of the city,” he added, adding that “the city prison has been opened and around 200 prisoners have fled.”
A member of the provincial council, Zia Gul Habibi, told AFP that the insurgents had seized the headquarters of the police and the local headquarters of the NDS, the Afghan intelligence services.
“The officials of the province took refuge in a military camp in town”, in which “the fighting continues”, he continued.