The Islam Qala border town, one of the main trade gateways into Iran, and the Torghundi border town, one of the two trade gateways into Turkmenistan, both in Herat province in western Afghanistan, have fallen to Taliban, local officials confirmed on Friday.
Activities at Islam Qala customs were stopped after it was fallen to the Taliban, said Nisar Ahmad Naseri, the acting head of Herat customs department.
Videos on social media show Taliban fighters chatting with Iranian border forces in the bordering areas between Afghanistan and Iran.
Taliban has announced to have captured the Islam Qala customs and the Torghundi border town.
Sources from the province said that all officials of Islam Qala customs and a big number of security forces stationed there have crossed the border to Iran following Taliban’s arrival at the area.
Islam Qala customs is one of the biggest customs in the country that adds at least 1.5 billion Afs (around $20 million) to the government’s income every month.