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Taliban battle into west Afghan city in new crisis for government

Taliban battle into west Afghan city in new crisis for government

Residents of Farah, capital of the province of the same name, have warned for months the city was vulnerable and the attack appeared to threaten a repeat of the Taliban’s capture of the northern city of Kunduz, which fell briefly in 2015.

Residents said Taliban forces began their attack at around 2.00 a.m. (2130 GMT Monday) from several directions.

Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesman for the defence ministry in Kabul, said security forces from neighbouring provinces had been ordered to Farah to protect civilians and government buildings and said the Taliban had been pushed out of the city.

There were no immediate casualty assessments but residents said there were wounded and dead on both sides as well as among the civilian population.

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