A source said the Taliban had entered Kandahar

Taliban members have entered Afghanistan’s second largest city, Kandahar, it was reported Friday, July 9.

According to his information, the fighting was in the area of the central prison, and now it continues in the market area. It is known that several civilians were killed and wounded.

At the same time, the agency notes that at night, an army special forces unit conducted an operation against the Taliban in several areas of the city, killing nine militants and wounding two others.

However, the governor of Kandahar said the situation in the city was under control.

Earlier on Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that Moscow noted a sharp increase in tension on the Afghan-Tajik border, two-thirds of which the Taliban have taken control. She added that there have been cases of Afghan forces crossing into Tajik territory.

This media reported that Taliban fighters have taken control of checkpoints on Afghanistan’s borders with Iran and Turkmenistan. The checkpoints are located in Herat Province. It was reported that militants declared about seizure of customs in the cities of Islam-Kala and Torghundi.

However, the Afghan Interior Ministry denied that Islam Qala was out of the government control.

Press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said on July 9 that the Russian party needed to negotiate with the Taliban. He says that the consultations in Moscow are caused by growing tension in Afghanistan.

On the previous day, a delegation from the Taliban political office arrived in Moscow for talks with Zamir Kabulov, presidential special envoy for Afghanistan. The sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the prospects of launching negotiations between the Taliban and Kabul.

It was noted that the representatives of the movement reaffirmed their interest in achieving lasting peace in the country through negotiations which would take into account the interests of all the ethnic groups of Afghanistan’s population. They also expressed their readiness to observe human rights, including those of women, within the framework of Islamic norms and Afghan traditions, the ministry stressed.