Heavy fighting continues over district's control in W Afghanistan
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    KABUL, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- Heavy fighting between government troops and Taliban insurgents has been continuing over the control of a district in Afghanistan's western Farah province for the past two days and so far 30 militants have been killed, police said Wednesday.

    "Since Tuesday 30 rebels including their commanders Mullah Azizand Mullah Ghafar have been killed in Gilistan district," a police spokesman in Farah province, Mohammad Gul, told Xinhua.

    Gul said a number of police and civilians have also been killed in the conflict but could not give the exact figure.

    He moreover confirmed that the clash has been concentrated over the headquarters of Gilistan district.

    To dislodge the militants, he said the government had sent reinforcement to the area.

    Some 400 Taliban fighters are said to have been fighting for the capture of Gilistan.

    Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, a purported spokesman for the Taliban fighters, said that the militants captured Gilistan district Tuesday but the spokesman of police in Farah province rejected the claim as baseless.

    Gul also expressed hope that the government troops with the support of NATO and the U.S.-led Coalition forces would soon dislodge the Taliban and re-establish control over the district.

    Around 5,400 people have been killed in Afghan conflicts so far this year.


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