MoD confirms clashes continue in the outskirts of Farah city

MoD confirms clashes continue in the outskirts of Farah city

Taliban fighters are said to be just a few kilometres from the city centre with fierce fighting between the militants and government troops continuing.

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

They have intensified armed attacks against security forces across the country since April 25 when the Taliban's so-called yearly rebel offensive started.

Ten people were killed and 40 others wounded, he said, adding that the security personnel, employees and civilians were among the victims.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said both Afghan and foreign air forces were participating in the battle.

At least five militants have been killed and three others have been wounded during another clash that took place in Chahar Bolak district of northern Balkh province.

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Mujahid said Taliban fighters launched a multipronged attack and overran a large number of checkpoints belonging to Afghan security forces in the city.

"The sounds of explosions and gunfire have filled the city", one resident who gave his name as Bilal said, adding that he could see smoke rising from the direction of a building housing the NDS.

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

Farah shares borders with restive Helmand province, and according to local media, the militants arrived from Helmand where an intensive security operation is ongoing. The security situation in the province has deteriorated as Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces put pressure on Taliban in nearby Helmand and many fighters moved into nearby provinces, including Farah.

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

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