Militants attacked a provincial government building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least ten people, officials said.
The clashes started at about 2am early Tuesday after Taliban insurgents started clashes in the city, a member of the provincial council Dadullah Qane said, adding that "clashes are ongoing in several parts of the city and close to National Directorate of Security (NDS) department".
Afghan security forces keep watch during blasts and gunbattle at the site in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan May 13, 2018.
Farah has only about 50,000 residents, and the surrounding province, also called Farah, is a remote and poor rural region known mostly for growing opium poppies.
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Heavy fighting has broken out in the western Afghan city of Farah after the Taliban launched a major offensive overnight to capture the provincial capital.
Public health officials said that at least 15 people, including a child, had been killed and 42 wounded. Local residents fear the whole province may fall to the insurgents.
Gen. Radmanish further added that additional forces have been deployed to further push the militants away from the outskirts of the city. Despite the pressure of greatly stepped-up USA and Afghan airstrikes, the Taliban have shown little interest in the Afghan government's offer of a comprehensive peace agreement.
Farah Province has been a key battleground for the Taliban for months.
As to a report released May 1 by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), about 39% of the country's territory with 65% of the country's population is controlled by the government, while the number of the police and military forces is declining.
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Taliban militants and fighters of Islamic State outfit have presence in the province, some 120 km east of Afghan capital of Kabul. Afghan security forces surrounded the area and were still battling the gunmen hours after the initial explosions.
Despite security concerns, the Taliban have pledged to cooperate with the project. During 2017, they failed three times to seize the city.
Farah has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years.
He accused the government and military leadership of "turning a blind eye" until the insurgents actually entered the city.
Afghan security forces have struggled to hold back the resurgent Taliban since the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces at the end of 2014.
The insurgents have tried several times to take provincial capitals in recent years, including Kunduz and Lashkar Gah, with the Afghan army deploying significant numbers of troops to hold those cities and push the militants out.
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