Countries are trying to evacuate their citizens and personnel from Afghanistan as thousands of Afghans rush Hamid Karzai airport runway in a bid to catch any flight to flee the country after the Taliban entered the capital.
Herat city is Afghanistan's second provincial capital the Taliban have entered in the last 24 hours. Insurgents entered the capital of the southern province of Helmand a day earlier, and clashes are under way there.
Thousands of Afghans have left behind escalating violence to seek shelter elsewhere in the country amid ongoing withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
The seizure of Nerkh district comes amid intensifying violence following an announcement by the group of a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid, starting this week.
The head of the US Central Command said earlier this month that the level of violence in Afghanistan remains “too high” and Washington is reviewing a peace deal signed with the Taliban last year.
At least six civilians wounded in what appeared to be a bomb blast targeting government employees in a bus during rush hour, local media reported.
Kabul and several other provinces of Afghanistan have been rocked by deadly violence, including bombings, rocket attacks and targeted killings in recent months.
The Taliban is expected to discuss these terms with US negotiators in Doha, two sources said. If such an agreement is reached, it will revive hopes for a long-term solution to the war in Afghanistan.
More than 5,000 civilians casualties recorded in insurgent attacks in Afghanistan in first half of 2017, with at least 1,662 civilians killed and 3,581 wounded.
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