Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

In Afghanistan, 15 security personnel have been killed in an attack by Taliban in Farah province.

Rahimi said 56 militants were killed and dozens of others were injured in the air strikes.

With the approach of milder spring weather, security officials have said they expect to see fighting surge across the country as the Taliban, fighting to drive out global forces and reimpose their version of strict Islamic law, step up pressure.

Provincial Council Chief Farid Bakhtawar said a major attack took place overnight in the Farahroad area of the Balabuluk district, killing 10 officers of special forces and eight policemen.

As the fighting went on, an air strike was called in and killed around 25 insurgents, he said.

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In addition, a Taliban spokesman told Reuters "several military vehicles" were seized, "along with a large quantity of ammunition".

This week's incident was the latest in a series to have hit Farah province, between the border with Iran and the Taliban heartland of Helmand province, source of much of Afghanistan's opium crop.

Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman of the interior ministry, said reinforcements had arrived in Anar Dara town and surrounded a group of Taliban fighters.

On February 24, at least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in the province.

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