New Delhi: The Taliban has reportedly seized one of many 4 assault helicopters donated by India to Afghanistan in 2019.
This occurred after the Taliban, as a part of its offensive towards Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, overpowered the airport in Kunduz, which is positioned within the northern province.
The Taliban have been seen on social media posing subsequent to an Mi-24 assault helicopter, livemint reported.
India had gifted the 4 Mi-24V assault choppers to the Afghan Air Power together with three Cheetah Mild Utility Helicopters.
The Mi-24V assault helicopter was among the many 4 helicopters given in 2019 beneath a deal between Afghanistan and Belarus, however financed by India.
Amid withdrawal of international troops, the Taliban fighters have captured eight provincial capitals.
The seize of the Indian chopper gifted to Afghanistan additionally comes at a time when the Afghan authorities has requested “robust air support” from New Delhi.
India has requested all Indian nationals to right away return residence earlier than industrial air providers are discontinued amid intense preventing between safety forces and the Taliban throughout the war-torn nation.
The Indian corporations working in Afghanistan have been issued advisory to right away withdraw the Indian workers from venture websites earlier than air providers get discontinued.
Considerably, India has already withdrawn its diplomats and workers from the consulate in Kandahar in view of the rising violence in Afghanistan.