9 policemen, 13 militants killed in Farah clash

Monitoring Desk

BALA BOLOK: At least eight policemen and thirteen anti-government armed militants were killed during the overnight clash in western Farah province of Afghanistan.

The incident took place late on Monday night in the vicinity of Bala Bolok district after a large number of militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Nasir Mehri confirmed that at nine eight policemen lost their lives in the attack. He said at least thirteen militants were also killed after the Afghan security forces responded to the militants fire.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

According to the local officials, the attack sparked a fierce gun battle that lasted until the late hours of the Tuesday morning.

Farah is among the relatively volatile provinces in the western parts of the country where the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in some of its districts.

The militants often carry out coordinated attacks on the security posts as the clearance and counter-terrorism operations are underway in some of the restive districts of Farah as well as the other western Farah provinces.