But Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, later said that security forces retook control of the district headquarters after the militants were targeted by air strikes.
The announcement came days after local officials said the Taliban had inflicted heavy losses on Afghan special forces in another district of Farah, a poor and isolated region where the government has long struggled to impose control. The provincial government said 13 militants were also killed in the fighting.
"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.
With the approach of milder spring weather, security officials have said they expect fighting to surge as the Taliban, fighting to drive out worldwide forces and re-impose their version of strict Islamic law, step up pressure. Air strikes had killed 56 insurgent fighters, he said.
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According to published reports, Hand is charged in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin in October 1986. The reward was increased from $10,000 to $25,000. 'It's been 30 years, I know it's solvable , ' Kerry told the Globe.
This week's incident was the latest in a series to have hit Farah province, between the border with Iran and the Taliban heartland of Helmand province, source of much of Afghanistan's opium crop.
Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack, which was in the Bati Kot district.
So far no one claimed responsibility for the attack in Farah.