Taliban kills top Afghan govt. spokesman, takes control of provincial capital

TOPSHOT - Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. - The Taliban said on March 2 they were resuming offensive operations against Afghan security forces, ending the partial truce that preceded the signing of a deal between the insurgents and Washington. (Photo by NOORULLAH SHIRZADA / AFP) (Photo by NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP via Getty Images)

Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering. (NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 2:10 PM PT – Friday, August 6, 2021

The Taliban has continued to gain strength as it assassinated a top Afghan government spokesman and has taken control of a key region. Reports on Friday said the terror group took responsibility for murdering the director of Afghanistan’s Government Information Media Center.

The Taliban also took control of a provincial capital, which is the first since the U.S. troop withdrawal. Witnesses said the state media director was gunned down while driving his car during Friday prayers.

Mahmood Sharifi, an eyewitness, said Dawa Khan Menapal got out of his armored vehicle and then moved into a taxi where he believed both him and the driver were shot. “People who were there to attend prayers tried to stop the attackers, but the attackers said ‘let us go or we will shoot you too.’ When people saw the weapons, they got out of their way,” said Sharifi.

U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson condemned the killing, saying the victim was a friend and colleague who dedicated his life to providing truthful information to all Afghans.

The slaying came just days after the unsuccessful bombing assassination attempt on Afghanistan’s acting defense minister, which killed eight people and wounded 20. In the meantime, the Taliban has taken over more than half of Afghanistan’s 421 districts.

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