At least 24 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 24 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

At least 24 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Violence has been on the rise as Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces over the past three years.

Taliban fighters have taken over a police headquarters in Afghanistan's western Farah province during an ongoing battle with the security forces as officials warned the district was likely to be taken over by the armed group.

Bakhtawer added that casualty figures were uncertain because intense fighting was continuing at and near the site.

Mr Mohammad Naseer Mehri, a spokesman for the governor of Farah, said the attack began around 4am and the Taleban had managed to enter the governor's compound and seize it.

Farah province, which borders Iran, is a centre of opium poppy cultivation in western Afghanistan.

Head of the provincial council Fared Bakhtawar said today that seven army commandos and eight policemen were among those killed in Bala Buluk district. Some 40 militants were also killed, officials said.

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The insurgents have recently stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces across Farah province.

"Within last 24 hours, 171 militants including six members of the Islamic State [IS terror group] were killed during military operations in 10 provinces", the ministry said in a daily bulletin.

And how US forces have "crushed the enemy in the field" (or at least "put the Taliban on the defensive") in "this fight for freedom in Afghanistan", where Bagram Airfield is "a beacon of freedom".

The exact number of killed or wounded is still not clear as the fighting is still under way, officials said.

Khogyani said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack in Bati Kot district.

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