Taliban mortar strike kills senior military commander in Badghis

Executive officer of the National Army’s Third Brigade, Abdul Basir Nooristani, was killed and five other army soldiers were wounded after a mortar shell fired by the Taliban hit them in the western Badghis province, a local official confirmed.

Abdul Aziz Beig, Chief of Badghis Provincial Council, told Kabul Now that the incident took place on Sunday, November 29, in Bala Murghab district of the province.

Confirming the incident, Abdullatif Rustayee, spokesman for the Army’s Third Brigade, added that he was also wounded in the mortar attack.

He did not provide more details on the attack.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesperson, said on twitter that the military commander, Abdul Basir Nooristani, was killed and many of his guardians were wounded in the Taliban mortar attacks.

Bala Murghab is one Badghis’s most insecure district where the Taliban control swaths of territories.

On the other hand, a driver was killed and four people were wounded after armed men opened fire on a vehicle which was carrying army soldiers in the western Herat province.

Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesperson for Herat Police Chief, told Kabul Now that the incident took place earlier today morning, Monday, November 30, around 06:45 AM, in the 12th district of Herat city.

No group has claimed responsibility for this attack.

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