Taliban in Afghanistan enter Farah city bordering Iran

Taliban in Afghanistan enter Farah city bordering Iran

Six members of Afghan security forces and eight Taliban militants were killed on Tuesday after heavy fighting in Farah city, the provincial capital of the western province of 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. He said more than 10 militants have been killed, and five security forces wounded.

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.

The residents have said that the Taliban took control of a part of the NDS building, a claim which was rejected by Danish.

Other residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of possible Taliban retribution, said Taliban militants began their operation at around 2130 GMT on Monday (2am) attacking the city from several directions.

The Afghan authorities have long struggled to gain control of the isolated region, as Taliban fighters have repeatedly launched offensives on the Farah province.

The Afghan and foreign troop's air forces are also involved in the battle against the Taliban.

"Heavy fighting continues inside the city and aircraft have just started bombarding Taliban positions", she told AFP Tuesday from inside Farah.


There was no immediate confirmation from NATO's mission in Kabul.

But inside the city residents reported clashes were continuing.

Scores of civilians were fleeing the city to seek safer places in the province, 695 km west of Afghan capital of Kabul, bordering Iran.

Another provincial council member, Dadullah Qani, confirmed Hissaini's comments, the sound of gunfire and explosions audible as he spoke to an AFP reporter by telephone.

The insurgents released a statement warning residents to remain inside their homes and called on people to "stay calm".

A local administrator said the attack by Taliban insurgents was an example of intelligence failure.

Farah is a poppy-growing province in a hard to reach part of Afghanistan which a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline will traverse.

The Taliban have pledged to cooperate with the project.

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