KABUL, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants on Friday claimed to have taken control over key southern Afghan cities of Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, after weeks of heavy clashes between the Taliban and government forces.
He also claimed that the militants seized all parts of Kandahar city, capital of neighboring Kandahar province. Footages went viral on social media showed that Taliban fighters were patrolling in the city early Friday.
On Thursday night, Taliban declared that they captured Herat and Qala-e-Naw cities in western part of the country while unconfirmed reports said western city of Firoz Koah also has fallen to the Taliban.
The Afghan government has not confirmed the claim by the Taliban so far.
Fighting has intensified since May in Afghanistan and Taliban militants have recently been mounting pressure on major cities.