About 600 Taliban have been killed in Afghanistan’s northeastern Panjshir province, Sputnik reported Saturday, citing Afghan resistance forces.
“As of this morning, about 600 Taliban have been liquidated in various districts of Panjshir. More than 1,000 Taliban have been captured or surrendered,” said resistance spokesman Fahim Dashti.
The spokesman further added that the Taliban were having trouble obtaining supplies from other Afghan provinces, Sputnik reported.
Meanwhile, the Taliban’s offensive against Panjshir’s resistance fighters has been slowed by the presence of landmines in the area.
A Taliban source said fighting in Panjshir continues but progress was slowed by landmines on the road to the capital Bazarak and the provincial governor’s property, Al Jazeera reported.
Panjshir is the stronghold of the National Resistance Front, led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of the late former Afghan guerrilla commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, and ex-Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who had declared himself interim president.
In Panjshir, former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who was hiding next to Ahmad Massoud, admitted the dangerous position of the National Resistance Front.
“The situation is difficult, we have had an invasion,” Saleh said in a video message earlier. “The resistance continues and will continue.”
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