As heavy fighting continues in Panjshir, 600 Taliban fighters have been killed


 News agency Sputnik reported on Sunday that over 600 Taliban terrorists were killed in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Panjshir.

fighting continues in Panjshir

"Over 1,000 Taliban have been captured or surrendered themselves within Panjshir districts today," said Fahim Dashti, the spokesperson for the resistance forces.

As reported by Sputnik, the Taliban spokesperson said other Afghan provinces had concerns about supplying them. In the meantime, Afghan landmines have slowed the Taliban offensive against Panjshir's resistance forces.

According to a Taliban source, fighting continues in Panjshir but the advance is slowed by landmines on the highway to the provincial capital Bazarak and the governor's compound, reported Al Jazeera.

Known as the National Resistance Front stronghold, Panjshir is the stronghold of former Afghan guerrilla leader Ahmad Shah Massoud's son, Ahmad Massoud, and former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself caretaker President.

Former vice president Amrullah Saleh, who holed up with Ahmad Massoud in Panjshir, admitted that the National Resistance Front was in a perilous position. Earlier in a video message, Saleh stated that the situation was difficult. Adding to that, he continued: "The resistance continues.".

There is no conclusive evidence supporting either side's claim in Panjshir Valley. In the last period when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, they weren't able to control the Valley.

In addition to taking control of Khinj and Unabah, Taliban forces now control four out of the province's seven districts, according to Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi. In a tweet, he said that the Mujahideen (Taliban fighters) were making progress toward the center (of the province).

The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, led by Ahmad Massoud, claims "thousands of terrorists" were in the Khawak Pass and Taliban vehicles and equipment were abandoned in Dashte Rewak.

'Heavy clashes' took place, said Front spokesperson Fahim Dashti. Massoud insisted Panjshir "still stands strong" on Facebook. As he praised "our honourable sisters", he said women's demonstrations in the western city of Herat demanding their rights demonstrated Afghans had not given up their demands for justice and were "fearless".

An Afghan Taliban source said earlier that landmines were used on the road to Bazarak, the provincial capital, to slow the group's advance. In Panjshir, a mountainous area separated from the rest of the world by just a narrow gateway, it was not possible to confirm events independently right away.  

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