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After daylong lull, fresh clashes erupt in Farah City

After daylong lull, fresh clashes erupt in Farah City

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May 17, 2018 - 12:37

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes have resumed between the security forces and the Talibaninfo-icon in Farah City, the capital of western Farah province, officials and residents said on Thursday.

A day earlier, the Ministry of Defence said the city had been purged of Taliban insurgents and a clearing was still ongoing. Afghan Air Force also conducted raid on rebel positions.

Residents said intense firefights erupted again in different parts of the city last night, with the third police district falling to the Taliban. However, the authorities rejected the claim as groundless.

The Taliban, who had retreated from the city following a string of airstrikes, they had also seized thee intelligence department’s building and the provincial police headquarters.

Mohammad Saeed, a resident of the 4th police district, told Pajhwok Afghan News fresh fighting erupted in the city at 10pm and continued till morning.

“Holed up in civilian homes, the Taliban resumed attacks late Wednesday night. Most of the clashes happened close to the police HQ, NDSinfo-icon office and the 3rd police district,” he said.

Saeed added the fighting was fierce, as air raids were also conducted on militant positions. Many families, including his, had been forced into leaving their homes, the inhabitant said.

The fighting ended Thursday morning but helicopters were still flying over the city, according to the inhabitant, who said people were in a state of fear.

Provincial council member Dadullah Qane confirmed the fresh clashes lasted until morning. At least one civilian was killed, he said, adding the entire city wore a deserted look as of 8am.

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