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Killed As Taliban Militants Storm Farah City

15 May 2018, 01:22 | Glen Norman

Canadian soldiers patrol an area in the Dand district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday

Canadian soldiers patrol an area in the Dand district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday

Fareed Bakhtawar, head of the Farah provincial council, said that he was fighting with volunteers against the Taliban, but that they had taken large areas of the city.

"There is no fear of losing Farah city to the militants", he said, adding that Special Operations Forces and army commandos together with army reinforcement have arrived in Farah city.

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

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a suicide auto bomb exploded outside the building, which belongs to the provincial finance directorate.

Local reporters said the city was empty and shops, schools and government offices are closed as people hid inside their houses.

Deadly clashes re-erupted in Farah early morning as the Taliban launched a second round of coordinated assaults in the week.

One Taliban militant has been killed and two others wounded during a separate clash erupted in Suzma Qala district of northern Sar Pul province.

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Fierce fighting broke out in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday after Taliban fighters attacked from the north and reached within three kilometers of the center of the province, according to Norulhaq Khaleqi, the spokesman for the Second Brigade of the Afghan National Army.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Afghan security forces were able to repel their attacks.

The province has been the scene of heavy clashes between Taliban and security forces over the past few months. Local officials as well as tribal elders requested additional forces from the central government and more security from the province.

He said the attack happened late Monday night in Puli Alim the capital of the province.

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