The local officials in western Farah province are saying that the Taliban militants have been driven out of Farah city after hours of fierce clash involving hundreds of Taliban insurgents.
Provincial governor Abdul Basir Salangi confirmed that the militants were driven out of the city in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
According to Salangi, at least twenty people including several security personnel have lost their lives during the clashes with the Taliban insurgents.
He said the Taliban militants have also suffered casualties during the clashes but did not elaborate further regarding the exact number.
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The Afghan security forces and the anti-government insurgent groups are using schools as military bases during offensives against each other, an official from the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE) said Monday.
“About 67 schools are being used as military bases across the country,” MoE Spokesman Kabir Haqmal said. “Some of these schools are being used by the Afghan national security and defense forces while others by the anti-government forces.”
According to the officials, more than a thousand schools are still closed across the country where millions of students are deprived of education.
But a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) rejected the allegations of Afghan forces using schools as their strongholds.
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