On Friday, a Taliban suicide bomber driving a VBIED targeted a convoy of NATO forces near the Kandahar airbase in the Trank Pul area of Kandahar province.
Kandahar provincial governor spokesman Fazal Bari Baryalai said that the attack “totally destroyed” a vehicle in the convoy that was carrying Romanian soldiers.
A spokesman for NATO announced that few NATO soldiers were wounded. However, the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad claimed that at least 7 NATO soldiers were killed in the attack on the convoy.
In another development, Afghan sources said that two bases of the Afghan Army in Abgarmak and Chinaee areas in Ghormach district of Faryab province in northern Afghanistan are under the siege by the Taliban. According to the sources, Afghan soldiers in the two bases have been under siege by the Taliban for two months now.
Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said that the Afghan army is now working to reopen the route to the bases. Meanwhile, the Afghan Army is air dropping supplies for the besieged soldiers.
“We provide their food, clothes, ammunition and other needs from air. But the basis of addressing the problem is to open the route and we are working on it,” Waziri said.
The Taliban has been expending rapidly in north Afghanistan especially in Faryab province. On Thursday, Voice of Jihad announced that the Taliban captured 5 villages in in Faryab province in a rapid attack.