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Taliban in Afghanistan enter Farah city bordering Iran

Taliban in Afghanistan enter Farah city bordering Iran

Militants attacked a provincial government building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least ten people, officials said.

A spokesman for the Taliban said in an online message that the insurgents had taken most of the provincial capital. He said fighters launched attacks form multiple directions, after which they overran several checkpoints in the city.

Police special forces from Kandahar and commandos from Herat have also been deployed to the province which borders Iran, according to Afghan officials.

The province has been the scene of heavy clashes between Taliban and security forces over the past few months.

"At least thirteen Taliban militants" militants have been killed during separate clashes which erupted in three northern province" provinces of Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, the country's defense authorities have confirmed. He said casualties were high among security forces, but couldn't provide a precise number.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said both Afghan and foreign air forces were participating in the battle.

Afghan security forces keep watch during blasts and gunbattle at the site in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan May 13, 2018.

"The situation is under control and will change by the end of the day", he said.

Gen. Radmanish further added that additional forces have been deployed to further push the militants away from the outskirts of the city.

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

The Taliban recently announced that it was launching a new spring offensive, shortly after Afghan officials offered to restart peace talks, and the attack on Farah was its most ambitious assault since then in rural areas of the country.

Government forces including 100 commandoes have arrived and are clashing with the insurgents, a local provincial council member told AFP, as residents said the situation was "very bad". A string of Taliban attacks in April and the start of May resulted in the deaths of Afghan soldiers and police officers across the country. The US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, but still provide support.

Despite security concerns, the Taliban have pledged to cooperate with the gas project.

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