At least 18 civilians were killed and 260 more were wounded in the two weeks of fighting in Herat that led to the fall of the province to the Taliban, health officials said on Friday.
Most of the wounded are under treatment at a provincial hospital in the city of Herat. Some of the wounded said they lost members of their families in the fighting and their homes were either damaged or destroyed.
Of those wounded, 31 are children and 24 are women, said Mohammad Arif Jailani, head of Herat public hospital.
“Recently, most victims were wounded due to mortar attacks,” Jailani said.
Abdul Sattar, a Herat resident, said he and his brother were wounded in fighting between the security forces and the Taliban two days ago.
Sattar said his house was also damaged in the fighting.
“A bullet hit my body… My brother was also wounded in his leg,” Sattar said.
The city of Herat fell to the Taliban on Friday.