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Taliban attack third Afghan provincial capital in a week

Afghan men bury the bodies of security forces killed in a suicide attack on Saturday ,in Kunduz province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

BASHIR KHAN SAFI/AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 6, 2019

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a third provincial capital in less than a week, with an overnight assault on the western city of Farah.

Provincial Governor Mohammad Shoaib Sabet says there's no immediate word of casualties early Friday and that airstrikes have been carried out against the militant group.

The growing violence comes as a U.S. envoy says he and the militant group have reached a deal "in principle" on ending America's longest war.

Resident Shams Noorzai says the Taliban seized an army recruitment center close to Farah's main police headquarters and set it on fire. He says all shops have closed and some people are trying to flee.

The Taliban over the weekend also launched deadly attacks on the capitals of Kunduz and Baghlan provinces.

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