Afghanistan has deployed more troops to a restive western province where a multi-billion-dollar pipeline is planned after the Taliban launched multiple attacks against security forces, causing heavy casualties, officials said today.
The latest assault in Farah, which borders Iran, happened in the early hours of Wednesday when Taliban militants stormed a checkpoint manned by police and intelligence officers on the outskirts of the provincial capital of the same name, killing seven security forces.
"When commando forces were deployed they (the militants) retreated," Jamila Amini, a member of the Farah provincial council, told AFP.
Four members of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's spy agency, and three police were killed, she added.
"The situation will soon come under control," he said.
That came after an attack on soldiers in Bala Buluk district over the weekend that resulted in multiple casualties.
A February 24 raid on an army base in the same district killed at least 18 soldiers, officials said, in one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent months.
Despite security concerns, the Taliban have pledged to cooperate with the project.
Farah has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years. In 2017 insurgents tried to overrun the capital three times, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
"The security situation has been deteriorating day by day in Farah," Faqiri confirmed, estimating around a dozen security forces are killed in the province every day.