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Taliban Kill Dozens of Security Forces

Taliban Kill Dozens of Security ForcesTaliban Kill Dozens of Security Forces

Taliban fighters attacked Afghan bases in the western province of Farah, killing more than 30 police, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents stepped up their offensive in a region with major opium smuggling routes.

Farid Bakhtawar, head of the Farah provincial council, said fighters had stormed a police base overnight in Balabuluk, a district that has been under heavy pressure for months, killing at least 23 and wounding three, Reuters reported.

In a separate attack in Farah city, Taliban fighters killed 11 police and seized a large quantity of weapons and equipment, he said.

The latest violence underlines the extent of the pressure faced by the government of President Ashraf Ghani, already heavily criticized for a spate of suicide bombings in the capital Kabul.

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