All flights have been canceled following partial destruction by Taliban rockets at an airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. At least three bullets were fired Saturday evening, airport manager Masood Pashtun told the APF news agency. Two of them collided on the runway. The Reuters agency also reported the incident. The airport plays a key role in the city’s security against radical Islamists.
Earlier on Saturday, clashes erupted again between government forces and the militant Islamist Taliban on the outskirts of the western Afghan city of Herat. Authorities and residents reported clashes on the outskirts of Herat. Hundreds of people fled their homes in search of shelter near the city center.
According to Herat Governor Abdul Zaboor Gani, most of the fighting took place in Indjil and Kusara districts. “We are careful to avoid civilian casualties,” Gani said.
Government forces on Saturday launched an airstrike on a small hospital in the southern city of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Helmand province. According to official reports, the hospital was previously captured by the Taliban to care for the wounded. One official said one of the attackers was killed and the hospital destroyed.
Since the withdrawal of international troops, the Taliban have occupied large parts of the country in Hindu Kush. Since this week, Islamists and government forces have been battling 600,000 people on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city.
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