Afghan security forces recaptured a district headquarters in western Farah province today, just hours after the Taliban overrun the police and administrative offices, killing eight policemen, a spokesman said.
The development came as insurgent attacks against security forces have stepped up across Afghanistan, including in Farah province.
In today's assault, the Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack and stormed the district headquarters in Anardara, which they were able to hold on to for a few hours before Afghan reinforcements arrived.
"Right now the district headquarters and the area around it are under control of the Afghan security forces," Rahimi said, adding that "fighting is ongoing in three different parts of the district" as Afghan forces pursue the Taliban.
The Afghan forces also carried out heavy airstrikes during the day in Anardara and more than 50 Taliban fighters were report killed so far, he added.
"The Afghan forces have warned the Taliban either to surrender or die on the battle field," said Bakhtawer.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after it began, according to a media statement from Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman.
The Anardara attack followed a weekend assault in Bala Buluk district that killed 15 Afghan forces seven army commandos and eight policemen.
In a separate report, seven civilians including three children and two women were killed last night in eastern Nangarhar province when their vehicle was hit by a grenade, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.
Khogyani said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack in Bati Kot district. The victims are all members of a single family, he added.
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