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At least 17 Taliban militants including a group leader, were killed and seven more were wounded during clashes in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat province, officials said.
Jilani Farhad, the spokesman of governor of Herat, said on Sunday that the clashes took place on Saturday night.
“The clashes started when a large number of Taliban militants attacked security forces and the clashes continued for several hours. The air forces carried out an operation in support of the security forces in the area and repulsed the insurgents’ attack.”
The death toll from the Taliban in the Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat province has not been confirmed by independent sources, and the Taliban have not yet commented.
Unidentified gunmen killed a prosecutor in Herat province on Sunday morning, officials said.
The spokesman of Herat Attorney General Office, Sayed Naeem Sahab said the prosecutor named Abdul Wasi was assassinated in Babaji area of Herat city when he was on his way to work.
This comes as at least 13 people have been assassinated by gunmen in the city of Herat over the past month, raising concerns among Herat residents.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 126 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 398 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported six death and 12 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 42,159, the number of total reported deaths is 1,562, and the total number of recoveries is 34,458.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Kunduz, Parwan, Logar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak and Panjshir provinces.
The Taliban militants have burned down a police headquarter and killed a police commander in Posht-e Rod district of Farah province, local officials said.
A provincial member of the Farah province, Shah Mahmoud Naeemi told Reporterly that the Taliban had launched a complex attack on the police headquarter on Saturday night.
According to Naeemi, a police commander was killed and six police forces had gone missing during the clashes.
He added that the insurgents burned down and police headquarter and then left the area.
At least four National Army Forces were killed and two more were wounded in Taliban’s attack in Kunduz province, local officials said.
The spokesman of Kunduz governor, Esmatullah Muradi told Reporterly that the Taliban militants stormed the Ostaming village of Imam Saheb district on Saturday night.
According to Muradi, the Taliban group has also suffered casualties in the clashes and security forces seized a large number of arms and weapons.
Special representatives of the German and Iranian foreign ministers for Afghanistan’s affairs in a meeting on Saturday voiced concern over development of insecurity in Afghanistan and stressed the need to reach a political agreement through negotiations.
Iranian Foreign Ministry’s special assistant for Afghanistan affairs Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian and his German counterpart Marcus Putzel discussed latest developments in Afghanistan and explored avenues for boosting cooperation.
Taherian and Putzel expressed concern about the development of insecurity in Afghanistan and stressed the need to reach a political agreement through negotiations.
Last Monday, three armed assailants stormed Kabul University after a bomb blast killed a number of students at the university, killing and injuring dozens of students.