Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

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Taliban insurgents have taken control of a district headquarters in the western Afghan province of Farah, a provincial official says.

On Saturday, the Defense Ministry confirmed four soldiers were killed in an attack in Bala Balook district in Farah, however, local Tolo News quoted Farid Bakhtawari, chairman of the provincial assembly, saying 15 soldiers were killed.

The CEO also said in order to achieve peace, political tension in the country needs to be resolved.

The announcement came days after local officials said the Taliban had inflicted heavy losses on Afghan special forces in another district of Farah, a poor and isolated region where the government has long struggled to impose control. Six other police officers were killed in a separate assault in the provincial capital.

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The largest number of militants (54) was killed in the southern province of Kandahar.

With the approach of milder spring weather, security officials have said they expect fighting to surge as the Taliban, fighting to drive out global forces and re-impose their version of strict Islamic law, step up pressure.

In the eastern province of Nangarhar, seven civilians, including three children and two women, were reported killed late on March 11 when their vehicle was hit by a grenade or a rocket.

The motive behind the attack remained unknown and the Taliban has yet to make comments on the report.

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