The clashes between the Taliban and security forces in Qala-e-Naw, capital of Badghis province, stopped on Thursday afternoon after the mediation of tribal elders, said the provincial governor, Hesamuddin Shams.
“With the mediation of the tribal elders, from 1:00 pm today a ceasefire has been in place,” Shams said, adding: “The Taliban has left the outskirts of the city of Qala-e-Naw and the security forces have the situation under control.”
“We are standing by our commitments and we hope that the Taliban also respects their commitments,” he said.
Local sources said that several parts of the city have seen damage due to the clashes between the security forces and the Taliban.
More than 1,000 families were also displaced over the past eight days in Qala-e-Naw and moved to western Herat province and other parts of Badghis.
“The preliminary reports show that eight civilians were killed and more 80 others were wounded,” the sources added.
However, there are no exact figures of casualties of civilians, security forces or Taliban in the past eight days of clashes in Qala-e-Naw.
The Taliban has not yet commented on pulling back from Qala-e-Naw.
Badghis has six provinces and all of them have fallen to the Taliban.
Ghormatch district fell to the Taliban three years ago and Bala Murghab five months ago, while Jawand, Qadis, Muqor and Aab Kamari districts fell to the Taliban in the past month, according to officials.