According to local media, the troops surrendered the city almost without a fight.
The radical Taliban movement has announced the transfer of the city of Mazar-I – Sharif, the administrative center of Balkh province in northwestern Afghanistan, under its control. The corresponding statement was published on Saturday on the page of the official representative of the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Twitter.
“The city of Mazar-I – Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, has just come under our control. A few minutes ago, the governor, the police chief, the intelligence service <…> and other administrative bodies of the province were completely captured,” the message says.
According to the Al-Arabiya TV channel, the government troops surrendered Mazar-I-Sharif virtually without a fight, left their positions, weapons and fled. Small clashes continue in the vicinity of the city.
According to the Reuters news agency, at the moment, representatives of government troops who fled from Mazar-I-Sharif are heading towards the border with Uzbekistan.