Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Militants attack Afghan government building, 10 dead

Militants attack Afghan government building, 10 dead

"Government reinforcements have arrived including around 100 commando forces".

The Taliban has launched a major offensive to capture a city in western Afghanistan, with heavy fighting breaking out in the area, officials say.

Local military experts believed the Taliban offensive followed their loss of control over the southern province of Helmand.

Earlier, eyewitnesses told Pajhwok two suicide bombers threw grenades into the Revenue Department before blowing up their explosives and allowing several other gunmen to enter the compound.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban are active in the province and has repeatedly claimed earlier attacks in the province.

Another council member told the agency that the Taliban contingent were well-armed and in large numbers.

However, another official said that "the Taliban captured several security checkpoints inside and around the city".

Another resident told TOLOnews that people were running from the city and the situation is "very bad".

Noorul Haq, spokesman for the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Farah, said up to 1,000 security personnel are engaged in gunfight with the militants.

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

The Afghan capital has seen an increase in bombings and other attacks against security forces and civilians since the Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on April 25.

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

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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