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12 March 2018, 07:20 | Opal Carroll
At least 24 Afghan soldiers were killed in Taliban attack in the western province of Farah
As many as 24 Afghan soldiers and members of the special forces have been killed in fighting in the western province of Farah, local officials said on Saturday.
Bakhtawar added that the Taliban opened fire at the provincial police as well as administrative offices from many directions in order to take control over the headquarters.
"Currently, the security and defense forces are engaged in 13 offensives against the terrorists in 10 provinces of the country while the commando forces have conducted 29 separate offensives in different provinces", he said.
Rahimi said Taliban fighters held parts of the district for only about 30 minutes.
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Fared Bakhtawer, the head of the Farah provincial council, on March 12 said initial reports indicate that some 15 security personnel were killed and wounded in the fighting at the Anardara district headquarters.
With the approach of milder spring weather, security officials have said they expect fighting to surge as the Taliban, fighting to drive out global forces and re-impose their version of strict Islamic law, step up pressure.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied that Taliban militants had carried out the attack.
The assault is the latest in a series of attacks in the province, which is situated on the border with Iran and is one of the poorest in Afghanistan.
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