Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Huge explosion heard in Afghan capital Kabul

Fierce battle as Taliban militants besiege provincial capital Heavy clashes in W. Afghanistan city as major Taliban offensive kicks off (VIDEO)
Kenny Thornton | 15 May, 2018, 13:01

"Government reinforcements have arrived including around 100 commando forces".

"Security checkpoints around the city have collapsed in the hands of the Taliban, causing high casualties among security forces", he said.

Farah borders Helmand province, where the Taliban controls several districts.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban are active in the province and has repeatedly claimed earlier attacks in the province.

Fareed Bakthawar, chairman of the provincial council, informed Anadolu Agency the Taliban managed to enter Farah city in the wee-hours of Tuesday, and are engaged in heavy clashes with the security forces.

Another resident told TOLOnews that people were running from the city and the situation is "very bad".

The police said they were investigating the blast, the latest in a series to hit the city.

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Farah province, 695 km west of Kabul and bordering Iran, has been the scene of heavy clashes between Taliban and security forces over the past few months.

The insurgents released a statement warning residents to remain inside their homes and called on people to "stay calm".

He said the security and defense officials predict that the situation will be brought under the control until evening as he admitted that a large number of militants have taken part in the attack.

The assault comes as the Taliban are stepping up their spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace talks overture by the Afghan government.

Farah is a poppy-growing province in a hard to reach part of Afghanistan which a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline will traverse.

It's also an important economic area with the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline planned for the region.

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