UN compound attacked in western Afghanistan at least one guard killed
– In Afghanistan, “anti-government elements” attacked the main United Nations building. On Friday, at least one security guard was slain in a compound in the capital of the western province of Herat, according to the United Nations. UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) stated.
Officials claimed the attack, which included rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, occurred hours after Taliban insurgents advanced deep into Herat city and clashed with Afghan security troops near the UNAMA provincial offices.
It also came as US-led foreign forces were on the verge of pulling out completely.
The UN said in a statement released after the attack that it was working to get a complete picture of the attack and was in communication with all parties involved.
The attackers were not immediately identified, but a western security official told that all diplomatic compounds in the city had been placed on high alert.
The attack, according to UNAMA, was directed at the compound’s entrances, which were clearly designated as a U.N. facility. facility.
“This attack on the United Nations is despicable, and we condemn it categorically,” said Deborah Lyons, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan.
No United Nations, according to UNAMA. The incident resulted in injuries to personnel.
According to the Taliban, the event was caused by a possible crossfire.
“It’s possible that guards were injured in crossfire due to the office’s near vicinity to the combat,” claimed the rebels’ spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Twitter.
Taliban militants had “arrived on the scene,” he said, and the complex was “not in any danger.”
Before entering the city on Friday, the Taliban had already taken large portions of the province of Herat, which borders Iran.
According to Reuters, Iranian border guards are on high alert, fearing that many people will run across the border in the coming days.
The person stated that foreign staff in all embassy offices in the city had been advised to adhere to a stringent lockdown.
In the last 24 hours, the Taliban have taken control of the provincial capital of Herat. Insurgents stormed the capital of the southern province of Helmand a day earlier, sparking hostilities. The city was rushed to be evacuated by civilians.
The Taliban have made rapid geographical advances in the last two months, but have yet to capture any provincial capitals, as they aim to reimpose strict Islamic law after being ousted in 2001.
“The Taliban have initiated strikes on Lashkargah city from numerous directions since Thursday morning,” a government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Helmand, a southern province bordering Pakistan, has Lashkargah as its capital.
The official went on to say that, with the support of the Afghan air force, Afghan security forces had so far held off the Taliban’s effort to conquer the city, but that operation had been impeded by the presence of civilians in the region.
“Hundreds of families have fled the area and relocated to safer areas,” said Hafiz Ahmad, a resident of one of the Lashkargah neighborhoods where skirmishes were occurring.
Those unable to move had barricaded themselves in their homes, he added, and the city had taken on a desolate appearance as gun and artillery fire reverberated through the streets.
A United Nations. According to a report released this week, civilian casualties in Afghanistan have increased in recent weeks, with as many dead in May and June as in the previous four months. The report does not include casualties during the month of July when the battle became much more intense.
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