About 300 insurgents have been killed in the day-long attack by almost 2,000 Taliban insurgents in western Farah province’s capital city, provincial governor Abdul Basir Salangi said.
The Taliban stormed the city in the early hours of Tuesday morning and were pushed back early Wednesday, said Salangi.
He said “15 army soldiers, 10 policemen and five civilians were killed in the clashes.”
“First 1,000 Taliban insurgents attacked Farah districts on Tuesday and after the first attack over 1,000 other insurgents also joined the attack,” he said.
The Taliban gathered the insurgents from Helmand, Herat, Ghor and Zabul provinces to launch the large-scale attack on the city, but security forces defended the city including the National Directorate of Security (NDS) department, police headquarters, and Farah city hospital and pushed them back after reinforcements arrived.
The Taliban has not yet confirmed their casualty toll.
In the meantime, residents of Farah said that the Taliban have been pushed back from the city, but they are in Shir Koh, Pesht Koh districts and Regi area of the city and the Taliban still threaten the city.
But Salangi says that the security forces will continue their operations to destroy the insurgents in the province.