Afghan troops push Tal­iban from west city

The Republican Herald - - NATION / WORLD -

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.

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