The capital of Nimroz province in southwestern Afghanistan fell into the hands of Taliban militants.
Two official sources confirmed to the BBC the fall of Zaranj after midday on Friday, becoming the first capitals of the Afghan provinces to fall into the hands of the Taliban in years.
Official authorities have not yet announced the fall of Zaranj. This comes in light of the rapid expansion of the Taliban in annexing lands, with the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.
The movement’s militants were able to extend their control over large areas of the suburbs, and they are now targeting cities.
The movement is advancing towards the capitals of other states, including Herat in western Afghanistan and Lashkargah in the south.
Zaranj is a major commercial center near the border with Iran. After capturing surrounding areas, Taliban militants continued to advance into the city before capturing it.
A government source told the BBC that fighting was still raging around the NDS headquarters.
A Nimroz police spokesman told Reuters news agency that the Taliban managed to capture Zaranj due to a lack of government reinforcements.
There were reports that Taliban militants also seized the airport, in a major blow to government forces.
Pictures of civilians looting movable property from government buildings spread on social media.
And the control of Zaranj would enhance the momentum of the Taliban’s victories, which has been expanding in its attacks in various parts of Afghanistan over the past months.
These attacks coincide with the withdrawal of US forces from the country after twenty years of military operations in Afghanistan.
Earlier today, Friday, the director of the Media and Information Center in Afghanistan was assassinated by Taliban militants in the capital, Kabul.
The movement said Khan Menapal’s lawsuit had been “punished for his actions”.
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