Monday, October 10, 2016

Taliban Storm The Capital Of Afghanistan's Hellmand Province In Large Scale Attack

BBC: Taliban fighters push into Helmand capital Lashkar Gah

The Afghan Taliban have launched a major assault on the strategically important city of Lashkar Gah.

The city of 200,000 people is the capital of Helmand province, parts of which have been seized back by the militant group.

The new assault is their most concerted push yet into the city, in the south of the country.

At least 14 people were killed by a suicide bomber in Lashkar Gah on Monday. including 10 police officers.

The city was the scene of heavy fighting between the Taliban and Nato-led forces before their withdrawal in 2014.

Militant forces are said to have taken Bolan, an area close to the city centre, and are also said to control Nawa, which is often called the gateway to Lashkar Gah.

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More News On The Battle For Lashkar Gah

Taliban enter Afghanistan’s Helmand province capital in large-scale attack -- Al Bawaba
Afghanistan: Taliban Enter Helmand Province Capital In Large-Scale Attack -- Eurasia Review
Frustrations rise in besieged Afghan provincial capital -- Reuters
Afghan police officer: Suicide car bomber in southern Helmand city of Lashkar Gah kills 14, including 10 policemen -- AP
Suicide car bomb attack kills 14 in Afghanistan -- Al Jazeera
Taliban Threaten to Take Lashkargah amid Continuing Clashes in Kunduz -- Latin American Herald Tribune

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