Afghan troops push Taliban from west city
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces pushed back an attack by Taliban insurgents Wednesday and took control of Farah city in western Afghanistan, officials said.
Farah provincial Gov. Abdul Basir Salangi said more than 300 Taliban fighters were killed in the gun battles in the provincial capital also called Farah. The Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions early Tuesday aiming to gain control of the city but later faced resistance from reinforced security forces.
Salangi said at least 25 government troops were killed.
Dr. Amin Rahman Mujadedi, an official from the provincial health department, said 28 bodies were transferred to a hospital since the start of the battle and 66 wounded received treatment. He said the majority of those were security forces.
Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, Defense Ministry spokesman, said Farah city was cleared of insurgents Wednesday and Afghan forces were chasing Taliban fighters outside of the city. He said Afghan forces established additional checkpoints to provide security.