Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

On Saturday, the Defense Ministry confirmed four soldiers were killed in an attack in Bala Balook district in Farah, however, local Tolo News quoted Farid Bakhtawari, chairman of the provincial assembly, saying 15 soldiers were killed.

Meanwhile, Sayed Ahmad, a resident of the Dehzaq village of the district, said that Taliban killed eight Commando forces in Totang village late on Friday night.

In a message posted on Twitter, a Taliban spokesman said 53 commandos had been killed or wounded after arriving in Tapa Sadat, close to the Bala Buluk district centre, and a sizeable quantity of weapons seized.

Afghan army and police have repulsed Taliban attacks against Farah city in the past months as the militants have been trying to capture full control of the city and outer parts.

Bakhtawar said three other security personnel are missing and more than 30 militants were killed in the battle that ended after air strikes were called in.

The Kabul government has deployed hundreds of additional troops to the province to thwart the Taliban's offensive.

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