Fighting in Afghanistan escalates amid stalled peace talks
Kabul: Fighting in Afghanistan has increased as over 90 militants and soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours amid the stalled peace talks in Doha.
In the latest wave of violent incidents, Taliban militants stormed a base of pro-government militiamen in Khanabad district, Kunduz province, on Friday, killing 16 fighters and injuring four others, Xinhua news agency reported.
In the fighting involving hundreds of Taliban militants and lasted for three hours, 10 armed insurgents were killed and five others injured, he added.
Similarly, the militant group attacked a police checkpoint in Muqar district, Badghis province, also on Friday and escaped after killing seven policemen, a local government official confirmed.
Badghis Governor Hasamudin Shams has confirmed the incident by saying, “both sides suffered casualties”.
A statement issued later in the day by the Defence Ministry said that the government forces backed by fighting planes struck the militant group’s hideouts and positions in Arghandab, Panjway and Dand districts of Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban.
The security forces killed 62 militants, while 23 others were injured, the Ministry said in the statement.
No meeting has been held between the Afghan Republic and the Taliban negotiators in Doha over the last 19 days after the peace talks resumed between the two sides on January 5 following a break.
The Afghan peace talks, which started on September 12, 2020, following the US-Taliban peace deal inked last February to end the war, has made little progress to achieve the goal.