Taliban takes Helmand province capital


A view of a closed market in Kandahar, Afghanistan on August 10.
A view of a closed market in Kandahar, Afghanistan on August 10. M Sadiq/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The Taliban has taken control of the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, Afghan Member of Parliament Gul Ahmad Kamin told CNN on Friday.

The Taliban said in a statement Friday that “during the conquest operation, the governor’s office, police headquarters and many other centers in Kandahar city were cleared of the enemy last night and were under the control of Mujahidin.”

“Hundreds of weapons, vehicles and ammunition were seized,” the statement says.  

Kamin said he and many others have made their way to a military base by the airport and are awaiting a flight out.

“Many (government) soldiers surrendered and the rest fled,” Kamin said.



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