Two Killed, 30 Injured in Taliban Attack in Eastern Afghanistan, Reports Say
10:45 GMT 31.07.2021 (Updated: 11:15 GMT 31.07.2021)
© REUTERS / STRINGERArmed men attend a gathering to announce their support for Afghan security forces and that they are ready to fight against the Taliban, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 23, 2021.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two civilians are dead and 30 others sustained injuries in a Taliban* attack during a National Flag Day celebration in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, national media reported Saturday, citing the governor's office.
The attack took place in the Yaqubi district, TOLOnews said, without providing further details regarding the attack.
Afghanistan is witnessing a spike in violence, as the Taliban has stepped up territorial advances during the withdrawal of international troops from the country. The militants have captured swathes of rural areas and started an offensive on large cities.
© REUTERS / Jim HollanderU.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan
U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan
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According to recent reports, as of July, the Taliban was in control of 212 of Afghanistan's 426 districts, with the Afghan government in charge of 111 districts.
US forces, however, are continuing their withdrawal in accordance with a peace deal Washington and the Taliban signed in February 2020. The American military is leaving the country after an almost 20-year campaign, while the group has pledged not to allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorists.
*The Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries