Police Guard Killed At UN Compound As Fighting Rages For Afghan City
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Sat 31st July 2021 | 02:20 AM
Herat, Afghanistan, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :An Afghan police guard was killed Friday when a United Nations compound came under attack in Herat, officials said, as fighting raged between government forces and the Taliban on the outskirts of the western city.
On Friday, the Taliban clashed with government forces on the outskirts of Herat city, the provincial capital, forcing scores of families to flee, residents said, as the insurgents tightened their noose.
During the fighting, the UN's main compound in Herat came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, a statement issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.
"The United Nations in Afghanistan is a civilian entity focused on supporting peace efforts, promoting the rights of all Afghans and providing humanitarian and development assistance," Sullivan said in the statement, urging the Afghan government and Taliban to resume peace talks.
The militants say they will not target foreign diplomats, but have blatantly violated international protocol before.
"The Taliban have to account for the crime which will be considered an attack against all of us. It is contrary to all assurances given," Ambassador Andreas Von Brandt, head of the EU delegation, tweeted.
An AFP correspondent there said the Taliban and Afghan forces were also fighting on the road leading to the city airport on Friday, while residents reported clashes in the nearby districts of Injil and Guzara.
"People there are terrified," said Abdul Rab Ansari, who fled to the city from Guzara.
"The fighting is heavy but they have not captured the district of Guzara so far," said Mohammad Allahyar, who also sought shelter in Herat.
Afghan forces and militiamen of veteran warlord and anti-Taliban commander Ismail Khan have been deployed around the city in recent days.
Khan, who previously fought the Soviet occupation forces in the 1980s and then the Taliban during their hardline regime in the 1990s, has vowed to fight the insurgents again to counter their staggering advances in recent months.
Fighting has also raged in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar since Thursday.
At least 33 people were wounded in fighting in the past 24 hours across Kandahar province, hospital authorities said.
In a tweet UNAMA expressed concerns around "escalating violence" in and around Kandahar city, citing "credible reports of civilians killed".