Several Security Forces Killed in Taliban Attack in Western Afghanistan

Several Security Forces Killed in Taliban Attack in Western Afghanistan

He said 15 policemen had been killed and several military vehicles seized, along with a large quantity of ammunition.

He said three other security forces are missing and more than 30 insurgents were killed in the battle.

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So far no one claimed responsibility for the attack in Farah.

Both the Taliban and rival militants from a branch of the so-called Islamic State regularly attack local officials and security forces in Nangarhar Province.

The exact number of killed or wounded is still not clear as the fighting is still under way, officials said.

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

The victims are all members of a single family, Khogyani added.

No comment was immediately available from US military headquarters in Kabul. It is conceivable, and conceivably desirable, that USA forces will be in Afghanistan, lending intelligence, logistical and even lethal support to that nation's military and security forces for another 1,000, perhaps 6,000, days.

"There were about 300 fighters that attacked the headquarters early this morning, but security forces are now fighting them back and we are hoping that the area will be cleared off soon", Farid Bakhtawar, head of the provincial council, told Al Jazeera.

In January, the governor of Farah resigned, blaming political interference and corruption. It came ahead of an expected increase in fighting with the end of winter and the approach of spring.

The U.S. military's latest estimates from December show the Afghan government controls or has influence over 56 percent of districts, with insurgents controlling or contesting the rest.

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