Afghan families flee homes in south amid Taliban advance

Written by on August 4, 2021

Families have fled their homes in the southern city of Lashkar Gah as the Afghan army launched a major counterattack against the Taliban, residents said.

But many remained stuck in the crossfire as the armed group continue to control vast swathes of land.

Dozens of civilians have already died in the intense battle for Lashkar Gah, a city of 200,000 people that would be the Taliban’s biggest prize since they launched a nationwide offensive in May.

 

There has been intense fighting in Afghanistan in recent days, mainly in the south and the west, while a bomb-and-gun attack in capital Kabul has killed at least eight people.

Several attacks have struck the capital city in the past 24 hours, including a bomb blast on Wednesday August 3 2021, but no group has claimed responsibility.

Fighting in the country escalated after the US and NATO decided to withdraw their troops from the country by August 31 20 years after they invaded to overthrow the Taliban.

The Taliban armed group is trying to seize provincial capitals after already taking smaller administrative districts in recent months.



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