Members of Farah provincial council on Thursday said that up to 40 security force members have been killed and 60 others surrendered to the Taliban during the recent spate of violence in three districts in the province.
The Afghan security forces in Farah said more than 40 Taliban fighters were killed in the province in this time.
Residents however painted a grim picture of the situation, saying the Taliban were still present in some parts of Farah city.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that Charsadah district of Ghor province has been under Taliban siege for the past month.
“Security forces are facing equipment and food shortages in the district. Yesterday there was a fierce battle. Although there is no war now, the situation is still not back to normal,” said Abdul Hamid Natiqi, a member of Ghor provincial council.
“Army helicopters were sent to us, currently the situation is better. Major casualties were inflicted on the enemy in the past day,” said Sayed Zia Hussaini, head of Ghor security department.
Over the past two weeks, the Taliban and the Afghan security forces have been embroiled in deadly battles on multiple fronts across the province.
On Wednesday, the Taliban launched attacks on Bala Buluk, Pusht-e-Koh and Pusht Rod districts.
Members of Farah provincial council also said that up to 40 security force members have been killed and several others wounded during the recent wave of fighting in the province.
But security officials in Farah have not confirmed the casualty figures involving security forces.
Over 40 Taliban members were also killed in the battles, said Farah police spokesman Mohibullah Mohib.
“Last night once again the armed opponents launched attacks from three directions on Bala Buluk, Pusht-e-Koh and Pusht Rod districts. But the security and defense forces repelled the Taliban attacks. We killed over 30 militants in Pusht-e-Koh district and only two security force members were wounded,” said Mohib.
“No one sent any aid here. The government did not respect even the dead bodies of the people, some people fought for two days, but later they surrendered, under force, to the Taliban,” said Khair Mohammad Noorzai, a member of the provincial council.
Residents in Farah province have in turn raised concerns over the security problems in Farah.
“The situation in Farah has become critical for residents despite us always calling on the responsible authorities in the center to help the people of Farah. We told them that people in Farah no longer want water, electricity and jobs, but that they only want security,” said one local elder in Farah, Abdul Sattar Hussaini.