69 Taliban killed in Badghis

MoD: 69 Taliban killed in Badghis, clearance operation underway

As many as 69 Taliban militants were killed and 23 others wounded in Qala-i-Naw, the capital city of the western Badghis province, as a result of a military operation conducted against the militants who stormed the city yesterday, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The Afghan defense and security forces killed a number of terrorists in different areas of Badghis provincial yesterday, the MoD spokesperson, Rohullah Ahmadzai wrote on Facebook today.

He further claimed that the government forces have seized a large number of weapons and munitions from the Taliban militants.

The Taliban launched a coordinated attack on the capital city of Badghis on Wednesday, July 07.

Hours after the militants started motorcycle maneuver on the streets of Qala-i-Naw, video footage started circulating on social media showing prisoners leaving prison with their bags on their shoulders. The prisoners have reportedly been released after the Taliban takeover over parts of the city.

On the same day, around 03:30 PM, Fawad Aman, a deputy spokesperson for the MoD, tweeted that the Afghan forces cleared Badghis police headquarter, building of the National Directorate of Security, and the province’s prison from the Taliban militants.

In a statement issued earlier today, the defense ministry said that a large number of commando forces, Afghanistan’s elite forces, have arrived in the provincial center. The situation is getting better in the city and it will be completely cleared from the militants soon, the ministry added.

Badghis is a volatile province in western Afghanistan. The Taliban militants, who control swaths of territories including several districts, occasionally launch coordinated attacks against government forces.