Taliban fighters struck Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan with a minimum of 3 rockets overnight, the insurgent group’s representative stated on Sunday, including that the goal was to ward off air campaign carried out by Afghan federal government forces.
“Kandahar airport was targeted by us because the enemy were using it as a center to conduct air strikes against us,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban representative, informed Reuters.
Afghan federal government authorities stated the rocket attacks required authorities to suspend all flights which the runway was partly harmed. There were no instant reports of casualties, they stated.
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Officials stated the Taliban see Kandahar as a significant tactical point, which they appear to be utilizing as a control centre for acquiring total supremacy over 5 other provinces.
Clashes in between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters have actually heightened in the cities of Kandahar and surrounding Helmand province.
In the west, Afghan authorities stated Taliban leaders were quickly acquiring control of tactical structures around Heraat city, requiring civilians to stay in their houses.
The Taliban have actually been advancing in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American and NATO soldiers from the nation and in current weeks the fundamentalist Islamist group stated they have actually caught over half of all Afghanistan’s area, consisting of border crossings with Iran and Pakistan.