KABUL: At least 15 Taliban militants and six security force members were killed in clashes as the Taliban seized a district in Afghanistan’s province of Herat, the authorities said on October 22.
Afghan troops were meanwhile battling the Taliban in three districts in the southern Helmand province, on the other side of the country. A total of six army personnel were also killed in the 24-hour period, the statement said.
The Taliban militant group has yet to make comments. Hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked Ghoryan district and took control of the bazaar and government offices following heavy clashes in the province which has Herat city as its capital, 640 kms west of Kabul, Xinhua news agency reported. “A total of 15 Taliban terrorists were killed during the police operations,” Sediq Sediqqi, Afghan interior ministry spokesman, said in a tweet.
Six security personnel were also killed in the fighting, according to district officials. The Taliban has intensified attacks in Afghanistan over the past couple of months as the security forces assumed full responsibility from NATO-led troops since January 1.