Fierce clashes ongoing in parts of Farah capital
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes are underway in parts of Farah City, the capital of western Farah province, while the Taliban have closed the Farah-Herat road in Dahak area on the outskirts of Farah City, officials and residents said on Tuesday.
Aziz Ahmad, a resident of Dahak, told Pajhwok Afghan News Nawbahar and Barangtot localities were under Taliban control while clashes were underway in Shurab area.
He said the militants had entered into Dahak and asked residents to quit the areas as they planned to attack security installations in the area.
He said the Taliban closed Farah-Heart highway in Dahak locality and destroyed a culvert with bomb.
He said with the blockade of the road the residents of Farah city would face immense problems because the Farah-Heart highway was the only road that connected the provincial capital with the rest of the country.
Mohammad Nasir, the resident of Korji locality in Farah City, said the Taliban had entered in the area and asked the people to leave their homes.
Mohammad Nasir Mehri, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the Taliban had entered Dahak locality and said heavy clashes were underway in Dahak locality.
He said fighting was also ongoing in Shurabad area.
Earlier, Local officials claimed dozens of Taliban militants have been killed in airstrikes in western Farah province, while a public representative said three civilians were also among the dead.
Deputy police chief, Col. Mohammad Ghaws Malyar, said the Afghan forces had retaken the Barankot area of Farah City from the Taliban following an overnight battle.
He said dozens of Taliban rebels were killed and 22 others wounded during Afghan forces’ airstrikes in Barankot, Nawbahar, Rajj and Shurabad. Malyar said bodies of 25 fighters were still at the site.
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