Taliban seize district headquarters in Afghanistan's Farah province

Taliban seize district headquarters in Afghanistan's Farah province

Taliban seize district headquarters in Afghanistan's Farah province

Afghan Ministry of interior (MoI) said on Monday that security forces have retaken control of parts of Anar Dara district in Farah province that fell to the Taliban on Monday morning.

"The Anardara district headquarters is under the insurgents' control and right now, an intense battle is going on all around the district centre and government offices", said Bakhtawer.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujhaid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Another attack was carried out in the province's capital of Farah, six police officers were killed in the assault.

Over the weekend, a Taliban attack killed seven army commandos and eight policemen in Bala Buluk district.

As the fighting went on, an air strike was called in and killed around 25 insurgents, he said.


The development came as insurgent attacks against security forces have stepped up across Afghanistan, including in Farah province.

A senior official in the province said that reinforcements have reached the area in a bid to push back the fighters.

Afghan and Western officials warn that the country's security could further deteriorate in the coming year, even as the USA military finds itself drawn deeper into the war, with additional military advisers arriving to help Afghan forces.

USA and Afghan officials say the Taliban have been under increasingly heavy pressure from air strikes and army operations but the insurgents have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to inflict severe damage on Afghan security forces.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack, which was in the Bati Kot district.

"If they are not fought back, the district will be taken over entirely".

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