Fierce battle as Taliban militants besiege provincial capital

6 Afghan security forces 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes

6 Afghan security forces 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes

Afghan warplanes bombed Taliban positions after insurgents attacked Farah city, the capital of Farah Province in western Afghanistan, close to the Iranian border, Afghan officials say.

Mohammad Sarwar Osmani, a lawmaker from Farah province, said strategic security checkpoints around the city were overrun by Taliban and the insurgents were near police headquarters and the governor's offices.

Bakhtawer said casualties were high among security forces, but couldn't provide a precise number.

Taliban militants, who ruled the country before being ousted in late 2001, have intensified armed attacks against security forces since April 25 during their annual rebel offensive.

The blast on Monday was caused by an explosive device placed near a park in a residential neighbourhood in central Kabul, Basir Mujahid said.


Officials of the Afghan ministries of defense and interior claimed their security forces have stopped the Taliban's advance in the north of Farah city. The US military based in Afghanistan also conduct regular airstrikes against the IS, Taliban, and other militant and terrorist groups. He said fighters launched attacks form multiple directions, after which they overran several checkpoints in the city. Security forces were able to rescue around 50 employees stuck in the building during the attack, he added.

In recent months, Farah province has been the site of many battles between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents.

This comes a day after a deadly auto bomb explosion killed at least eight people in Jalalabad, near a provincial government building in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar.

Farah shares borders with restive Helmand province, and according to local media, the militants arrived from Helmand where an intensive security operation is ongoing.

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