Insurgents have taken control of a district headquarters in western Farah province

At least 24 Afghan soldiers were killed in Taliban attack in the western province of Farah

Taliban fighters have captured a district centre in Afghanistan's western province of Farah bordering Iran, where they have battled government security forces fiercely in recent months, officials said on Monday.

Bakhtawar added that the Taliban opened fire at the provincial police as well as administrative offices from many directions in order to take control over the headquarters.

Rahimi said 56 militants were killed and dozens of others were injured in the air strikes.

"Within last 24 hours, 171 militants including six members of the Islamic State [IS terror group] were killed during military operations in 10 provinces", the ministry said in a daily bulletin.

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In a message posted on Twitter, a Taliban spokesman said 53 commandos had been killed or wounded after arriving in Tapa Sadat, close to the Bala Buluk district center, and a sizeable quantity of weapons seized.

The mission has attributed 65 percent of the civilian casualties to the Taliban and other insurgent groups, 20 percent to security forces over the period while 11 percent were attributed to both sides during clashes and the remaining 4 percent were caused by other reasons.

In the eastern province of Nangarhar, seven civilians, including three children and two women, were reported killed late on March 11 when their vehicle was hit by a grenade or a rocket.

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