At least 20 people – including civilians – were killed in air strikes launched by the Afghan army on Friday.
The army said in a statement that 20 people were killed in air strikes targeting Taliban militants while they looted an abandoned military base in Nahr Siraj district of Helmand province in the south of the country.
The statement explained that in addition to the Taliban militants, a number of civilians fell – without mentioning a number – who were in the place when the movement’s elements were targeted.
On the other hand, the Taliban published a statement in which it said that the raid had killed 30 people, all of them civilians. In the statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid accused the army of targeting civilians.
Taliban is expanding its influence
On the other hand, Afghan officials said that Taliban fighters captured two districts in two different Afghan provinces yesterday, adding to the movement’s recent military gains.
Members of the local council of Zabul province (south of the country), Asadullah Kakar and Abdul Rahman Hotak, said that the gunmen took control of the Shenkai area in the province after a week of fierce fighting and siege of the area, adding that the gunmen succeeded in cutting off all supply routes to the area before invading it.
Meanwhile, members of the local council of the neighboring Daikundi province confirmed that the Gisab district in the neighboring province of Uruzgan (south of the country) has also come under the control of the Taliban after a long battle between security forces and Taliban fighters. Taliban.