Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation warplanes have bombed Taliban positions after insurgents attacked Farah city, the capital of Farah Province in western Afghanistan, close to the Iranian border, Afghan officials say.
Noorulhaq Khaliqi, a military spokesman in Farah, said Afghan security forces had repelled the attack but some residents said the Taliban had already set up checkpoints around the city and were checking identity cards and preventing people from fleeing.
"At least seven Taliban militants" militants have been killed and four others have been wounded during a clash in Khanabad district in northern Kunduz province" province, reported Khaama Press" Khaama Press, citing, the Afghan military, as saying.
"Taliban has entered our city with a full might. they are equipped with heavy arms and night vision", said Dadullah Qane, a provincial council member of Farah.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. They captured several security checkpoints inside and around the city.
Farah also has a border with Helmand province, where the Taliban controls several districts.
"The Afghan National Defense and Security forces supported by USA forces in Afghanistan air power are on the offensive against the Taliban", he added.
The fighting adds to the growing number of crisis points around Afghanistan since the Taliban began their annual spring offensive last month, including a series of deadly suicide attacks in the capital, Kabul.
"There is no danger of Farah city collapsing into the hands of Taliban", said Danish.
Reinforcements including commando units as well as the Afghan air force were battling Taliban fighters around the city, he said.
The insurgents released a statement warning residents to remain inside their homes and called on people to "stay calm".
The noise has "filled the city", said one resident who gave his name as Bilal, adding that he could see smoke rising from the direction of a building housing the NDS. Local residents fear the whole province may fall to the insurgents. There are plans for a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline to traverse it, a project with which the Taliban have pledged to cooperate.
Farah, which borders Iran, has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years.
In 2017, insurgents tried to overrun the capital three times, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
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