The Taliban captured Afghan provincial capital Zaranju of southern Nimroz province killed the government’s top media officer on August 6. Dawa Khan Menapal, the head of Government Media and Information Centre was killed in a series of assassinations aimed at top Government personnel. The killing is considered as an effort to weaken a democratically elected government led by President Ashraf Ghani.
Zeranj had fallen to the hardline Islamists soon after the US-led force left Afghanistan after 20 years of war. Taliban have taken over several districts and border crossings soon after US withdrawal. The army is at war with the Afghan militants in several states.
Common people in several provinces have also taken up arms in support of the army and the government, as they fear Taliban insurgency. People are moving out of Taliban controlled regions in large numbers fearing atrocities.