Taliban advances into Afghan city before being beaten back


"At least seven Taliban militants" militants have been killed and four others have been wounded during a clash in Khanabad district in northern Kunduz province" province, reported Khaama Press" Khaama Press, citing, the Afghan military, as saying.

Deadly clashes re-erupted in Farah early morning as the Taliban launched a second round of coordinated assaults in the week. Dozens of Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents have been killed and injured.

NATO's Resolute Support mission in Kabul tweeted that the Afghan army, supported by United States airpower including A-10 Thunderbolts, was "on the offensive" and the city "remains under govt. control".

The Taliban have frequently claimed they seek to avoid civilian casualties, but human rights organizations have counted thousands of civilian deaths caused by insurgent violence in recent years - many the result of indiscriminate Taliban attacks in populated urban areas.

"I can say that it is street-to-street battle", a city official, Mohammed Sarwar Usmani, told Arab News.

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 residents feared that the Taliban radical movement would gain control of the city if the government did not send more troops soon, the media outlet said.

The Taliban controls several nearby districts, but the USA and Afghan forces have been working to retake them.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said in a statement that A-10 fighter jets were circling Farah.

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"Taliban has entered our city with a full might. they are equipped with heavy arms and night vision", said Dadullah Qane, a provincial council member of Farah. Hours later, Shakoor said he could still hear gunfire as security forces fought back.

Satar Hissaini, a tribal elder in Farah, told AFP: 'The situation is very bad'.

"Heavy fighting is going on and Taliban are in the city but the police headquarters and NDS (the Afghan intelligence agency) have not fallen to them", he said.

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

Farah is a poppy-growing province in a hard to reach part of Afghanistan.

But it has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years.

At least some militants have been hiding in residential houses, making it hard for Afghan forces to use heavy weapons, Farah Governor Abdul Basir Salangi told Ariana News, adding: 'But still we are taking back positions one by one'.