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Afghan forces retake district offices from Taliban; 8 killed

AP  |  Kabul 

Afghan security forces recaptured a district headquarters in western province today, just hours after the overrun the police and administrative offices, killing eight policemen, a said.

The development came as insurgent attacks against security forces have stepped up across Afghanistan, including in province.

In today's assault, the 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.

Nasrat Rahimi, for the Interior Ministry, says that along with the eight killed in the assault, 10 security forces were wounded in the morning attack.

"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

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.

Fared Bakhtawer, the in Farah, confirmed the developments and said the Taliban have been surrounded in other parts of the district.

"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 from Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban

The Anardara attack followed a weekend assault in 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 province when their vehicle was hit by a grenade, said Attahullah Khogyani,

Khogyani said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack in district. The victims are all members of a single family, he added.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan, particularly in province.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:35 IST