Taliban kills 34, captures 11 checkpoints of Afghan resistance forces in Panjshir

ANIUpdated: Thursday, September 02, 2021, 11:02 PM IST
article-image
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training at Malimah area of Dara district in Panjshir province on September 2, 2021 as the valley remains the last major holdout of anti-Taliban forces. | (Photo by Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN / AFP)

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban on Thursday said that it has killed 34 members and captured 11 checkpoints of the Afghan resistance forces in the northern Panjshir province.

The information about the incident was provided by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid to Sputnik.

The Taliban attack on Panjshir was launched after negotiations with resistance leader Ahmad Massoud failed.

"Our Mujahideen have made enough progress, so far we have captured 11 checkpoints and killed 34 people of resistance forces, including two key commanders. We have now reached the main road of Panjshir and we have captured Shital district and just two Mujahideen were injured," Mujahid said.

Since mid-August, forces opposed to the Taliban have gathered in the valley under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud, son of famous Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud. Ahmad Massoud, along with former Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, is trying to mount a challenge to the Taliban.

Underlining the aim of resistance forces to defeat the Taliban, former Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh has said the resistance is "based in Panjshir" but will defend the rights of all Afghan citizens.

Last month, the Taliban captured Kabul after mounting a swift offensive in a matter of few weeks.

So far, the Taliban controls all the regions apart from the Panjshir province.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Iran: Australia-bound Iranian PhD candidates see hopes fade amid unrest

Iran: Australia-bound Iranian PhD candidates see hopes fade amid unrest

'We could not agree more': US reiterates PM Modi's 'no time for war' Ukraine conflict

'We could not agree more': US reiterates PM Modi's 'no time for war' Ukraine conflict

Xi Jinping makes first public appearance since SCO meet; watch video

Xi Jinping makes first public appearance since SCO meet; watch video

'He shall live on in hearts of millions': PM Modi at Shinzo Abe's state funeral

'He shall live on in hearts of millions': PM Modi at Shinzo Abe's state funeral

Louis Pasteur's Death Anniversary: All you need to know about French chemist and microbiologist

Louis Pasteur's Death Anniversary: All you need to know about French chemist and microbiologist