On April 13, Taliban fighters captured a key checkpoint of the Afghan Army in the Shindand district of the northwestern province of Herat after hours of heavy clashes, the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad reported.
The Voice of Jihad said that 12 Afghan Army soldiers had been killed and 3 others had been injured during the attack. The Taliban also ambushed a convoy of the Afghan Army in the district of Said in the province of Herat.
The Voice of Jihad added that 8 Afghan Army soldiers had been killed and 4 armored vehicles of the Afghan Army had been destroyed in the ambush.
Shukrullah Shaker, a governor of the Shindand district, confirmed that the Taliban had captured a checkpoint in the district and acknowledged that more than 10 Afghan Army soldiers had been killed by Taliban fighters. However, no Afghan official commented on the Taliban ambush in the Said district yet.
Lately, the Taliban shifted its attention to the province of Herat after capturing most of the province of Farah south of it. If the Afghan Army and the NATO do not take serious measures to secure Herat, the Taliban will likely take over most of the province in the upcoming months, according to local sources.