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Taliban Attacks in Herat and Badghis Pushed Back: Officials

Taliban attacks on the capital city of Herat province and Qal-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis, were pushed back by security forces on Wednesday night, local officials said on Thursday. 

On Wednesday night the Taliban attacked Herat city from four directions but faced a “huge response” from security and public uprising forces, said Abdul Saboor Qani, the provincial governor. 

“At least 30 Taliban were killed and dozens of others were wounded,” Qani said, adding that “one security force member was also killed and four others were wounded.” 

“The air force also supported the local troops in fighting against the Taliban,” he said. 

Also on Wednesday night, Afghan forces pushed back Taliban attacks on Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, said provincial governor Hasamuddin Shams. 

“At least 60 Taliban, including their four commanders, were killed in the clashes and 50 others were wounded,” he said. 

“Fighting still continues in some parts of the outskirts of Qala-e-Naw but the government forces have controlled the situation,” he said. 

He did not provide details about possible security forces' casualties in the clashes. 

The fighting started 25 days after local officials and the Taliban announced a ceasefire in the city brought about by mediation of tribal elders.

Shams blamed the Taliban for breaking the ceasefire.  

The Taliban has not yet commented on the Badghis and Herat clashes. 

Taliban Attacks in Herat and Badghis Pushed Back: Officials

Six Taliban attacks were pushed back on Wednesday night in Herat city, the provincial governor said.  

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Taliban attacks on the capital city of Herat province and Qal-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis, were pushed back by security forces on Wednesday night, local officials said on Thursday. 

On Wednesday night the Taliban attacked Herat city from four directions but faced a “huge response” from security and public uprising forces, said Abdul Saboor Qani, the provincial governor. 

“At least 30 Taliban were killed and dozens of others were wounded,” Qani said, adding that “one security force member was also killed and four others were wounded.” 

“The air force also supported the local troops in fighting against the Taliban,” he said. 

Also on Wednesday night, Afghan forces pushed back Taliban attacks on Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, said provincial governor Hasamuddin Shams. 

“At least 60 Taliban, including their four commanders, were killed in the clashes and 50 others were wounded,” he said. 

“Fighting still continues in some parts of the outskirts of Qala-e-Naw but the government forces have controlled the situation,” he said. 

He did not provide details about possible security forces' casualties in the clashes. 

The fighting started 25 days after local officials and the Taliban announced a ceasefire in the city brought about by mediation of tribal elders.

Shams blamed the Taliban for breaking the ceasefire.  

The Taliban has not yet commented on the Badghis and Herat clashes. 

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