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Taliban claim capturing key areas as clashes still ongoing in Farah city

Taliban claim capturing key areas as clashes still ongoing in Farah city

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May 15, 2018 - 19:04

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Armed clashes between the Afghan forces and the Talibaninfo-icon are still ongoing in the capital of western Farah province as 3pm Monday.

Gen. Raz Mohammad Oryakhel, the commander for 207th Zafar Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militants launched a coordinated attack on the capital of Farah on 2am last night and entered parts of the city on 5pm Monday morning.

He said the Taliban targeted Haidr Qali, Sayedabad and Yazdi areas of the provincial capital with suicide bombing, rockets and car bombing.

Oryakhel said Afghan forces equipped with advanced weaponry were fighting against the militants and were not in need of reinforcement.

“We started our attacks from many directions to eliminate the enemy and take the city out of the militants’ assault,” he said without going into details.

He said except two or three areas; other key areas such as the police headquarter, central jail, governor’s house, National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) headquarter, division-71, airport and other areas were under the Afghan forces control.

The areas under the Taliban control would be recaptured as soon as possible, he said.

“We thank Farah people for their strong support, we will defend Farah with the support of people and God and eliminate the enemy,” he said.

Najib Danish, spokesman of the Ministry of Defense, said that special police unit from Kandahar province and commando forces from Herat province were arrived to Farah for beating the militants.

However, a resident of Farah city who wished to go unnamed, on 1:30pm said that Taliban captured parts of the city and the sound of bombs and firing could be still heard in the city.

Except the third police district, the Taliban did not capture other government offices, but fight over the police and NDS headquarters is still ongoing, he said.

Dadullah Qanay, a provincial council member, said that reinforcements were arrived to Farah city.

However, videos clips circulating in social media show Taliban fighters searching cars on the main square of Farah city.

Taliban also claimed capturing many areas of Farah including the third police district and the NDS headquarter.

Reports about exact number of people killed or injured in the clashes in Farah are not available so far, but a healthinfo-icon official in the province said 21 injured and two dead people were shifted to hospitals.

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