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Officials: Taliban attacks Farah city in west Afghanistan

AP  |  Kabul 

Afghan officials say insurgents have attacked city, the capital of province in western near the border with Iran, killing and wounding dozens of security forces.

Fared Bakhtawer, of the provincial council, says several security checkpoints were overrun by fighters on Tuesday morning and that an intense gunbattle was ongoing in the city.

Bakhtawer says up to 30 security forces were killed or wounded in the attacks. Mohammad Sarwar Osmani, a lawmaker form Farah province, also confirmed the attacks.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility. He said fighters launched attacks form multiple directions, after which they overran several checkpoints in the city.

Farah also has border with province, where the Taliban controls several districts.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 11:45 IST