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Heavy clashes in W. Afghanistan city as major Taliban offensive kicks off

15 May 2018

Several security forces and militants were killed and injured during the clashes, according to the reports.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed tweeted that Farah has been attacked from multiple directions early this morning, and so far all check points around the city, the NDS headquarters, a police station and multiple other check points inside the city have been overrun.

Fared Bakhtawer, head of the provincial council, said several security checkpoints in the city of Farah were overrun by Taliban fighters and that an intense gun battle was ongoing.

Earlier in May, Taliban fighters attacked Afghan bases in the province, killing more than 40 police officers and servicemen.

Afghanistan has always been torn in political, social and security turmoil, primarily due to the hostilities between government troops and the Taliban radical movement.

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

Officials said security forces had received reinforcements and were fighting back the rebels. People in #Farah stand by their security forces and operation continues.

Reuters quoted residents as saying Taliban forces had set up illegal checkpoints in parts of the city and were stopping people from leaving.

Taliban militants launched a major offensive at around 2.40 a.m. from northern and western neighbourhood of Farah, in a coordinated effort to seize full control of the city, an official told Xinhua news agency. The security situation in the province has deteriorated as Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces put pressure on Taliban in nearby Helmand and many fighters moved into nearby provinces, including Farah.

A group of heavily armed insurgents stormed the provincial Revenue Department in Jalalabad, triggering a stand-off with security forces and then entering the building.

Heavy clashes in W. Afghanistan city as major Taliban offensive kicks off