Taliban claim entering capital of holdout Afghan region Panjshir
KABUL: The Taliban on Sunday said their forces had fought their way into the provincial capital of the Panjshir valley, their latest claim of progress in fighting against opposition forces holding out in the area north of Kabul.
There was no immediate response from the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), which groups opposition forces. It had said earlier the Taliban “propaganda machine” was trying to spread distracting messages and that it had pushed Taliban forces back from another part of the valley.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi claimed on Twitter the police headquarters and district centre of Rukhah, adjacent to the provincial capital Bazarak, had fallen, and opposition forces had suffered numerous casualties, with large numbers of prisoners and captured vehicles, weapons and ammunition.
Fighting was underway in Bazarak, he said. It was not possible to confirm the report, which was echoed on other Taliban Twitter accounts.
Earlier on Sunday NRFA spokesman Fahim Dashti claimed Parian district, at the northeastern end of Panjshir, which the Taliban have previously claimed taking, had been cleared and up to 1,000 Taliban had been blocked off and captured. It was not possible to confirm that independently.
“The resistance forces are ready to continue their defence against any form of aggression,” Dashti said.
On Saturday, Italian aid group Emergency said Taliban fighters had reached the trauma hospital it operates in Anabah district, within the Panjshir valley. - Reuters