UPDATED 11:26 AM PT – Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The Taliban has attacked the capital of a Northwestern Afghanistan province. On Wednesday, officials reported that the terrorist group struck three different entry points into the city and are describing the country as a state of panic.
More than 200 prisoners have reportedly escaped from the central prison, which has led to some disarray among the security forces. As Afghan forces fight back against the assault, council officials have fled to an army camp in the city.
Taliban broke down Badghis province's central jail, prisoners are leaving with their goods in their hands. pic.twitter.com/Dm0OSnmJ6T
— Azzam Muhajir (@azzam_muhajir) July 7, 2021
Leaders in the region, including Badghis province Governor Hesamuddin Shams, have urged the public to remain calm.
“I want to assure you that all our security and defense forces, including special units and special forces, are defending the city of Qala-e-Naw,” he stated. “The enemy that is currently fighting with us, they have suffered casualties in some parts of the city and have also been defeated.”
🇦🇫 A group of Afghan soldiers, including special forces, surrendered to the #Taliban in Badghis province.
The Afghan Defense Minister called the current situation in the country "critical". pic.twitter.com/KeK7XCjlUU
— سفيان (@Ca19206) July 7, 2021
This occurred as negotiations between the Taliban and Qatar have continued to dissolve.