Afghan Forces Battle Taliban for Control of Western City, Farah

Afghan Forces Battle Taliban for Control of Western City, Farah

"#FARAH - Farid Bakhtawar, head of Farah provincial council, has said that clashes are ongoing in the city and the "enemies" are moving towards the prison compound.#Afghanistan", a tweet from the verified account of Afghanistan's Tolo News TV channel read.

Meanwhile, Abdul Basir Salangi, provincial governor, confirmed heavy fighting in the city.

An explosion has gone off in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, injuring one person, a police spokesman said.

"We assure the people of Farah that all necessary operations have been implemented and Afghan air force, commando force, and contingents of Corp in western Afghanistan are in action against security threats", defense ministry officials said in a statement.

"The Taliban are in the city now", said Mohammad Sarwar Osmani, a member of Parliament from Farah. He said fighters launched attacks form multiple directions, after which they overran several checkpoints in the city.

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Bakhtawer says up to 30 security forces were killed or wounded in the attacks.

Clashes in Farah come amid the Taliban's annual spring offensive, as they vow to target the "American invaders". He said 10 Taliban militants were killed. Security forces were able to rescue around 50 employees stuck in the building during the attack, he added.

The province has been the scene of heavy clashes between Taliban and security forces over the past few months.

Local media reported that the militants take control of several government offices, including the provincial department of National Security Directorate (NDS), the country's intelligence agency. Local officials as well as tribal elders requested additional forces from the central government and more security from the province.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban are active in the province and has repeatedly claimed earlier attacks in the province.

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