Taliban Militants Attack UN Office in Afghanistan’s Herat Amid Clashes, Gov’t Says

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This comes a day after the terrorist group launched a similar attack in the country’s third-largest city. No UN personnel was hurt; however, Taliban* militants killed one police officer and injured several others during the assault.

Taliban militants have attacked the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Fawad Aman, spokesperson for Afghan Defence Ministry, wrote in a statement on Twitter. He said the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) are now fighting against militants, with more and more Afghan forces going to Herat, where the UN’s main compound is located.

​No information on casualties has been reported so far.

Violence has continued unabated in Afghanistan for several weeks, with the Taliban launching an offensive on entire cities. Reports say the militant group now controls more territory than they did in 2001, when it was toppled during the US-led invasion. Experts say the group has been emboldened by the withdrawal of American and NATO troops. The departure is in accordance with the peace deal the US and the Taliban signed in February 2020.

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