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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Clashes between the Afghan security forces and the members of the Taliban* radical group erupted in the Qara Bagh district of the country's east-central Ghazni province, TOLOnews reported on Friday, adding that the fighting was still underway. Meanwhile, Afghan Air Force attacked militants in the country's South and West.

    Clashes followed the Taliban's attack on the government forces that occurred late on Thursday, the TOLOnews broadcaster reported, citing Ghazni Police Chief Farid Ahmad Mashal.

    Mashal expressed concern over the security situation in the area, adding that additional servicemen had been sent to Qara Bagh to repel the attack.

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    Later in the day, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Afghan Defense Ministry, that at least 32 militants of the Taliban movement were killed and 10 more were injured in Afghan Air Force's strikes conducted in the provinces of Farah and Helmand.

    The news come amid the visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to the city of Ghazni after its four-day siege.

    The Taliban started an offensive on Ghazni on August 10 in a bid to gain control over the city. The security forces, however, managed to repel the attack after four days of violent clashes. The fighting resulted in over 100 people killed and dozens of others injured.

    Afghanistan has long been destabilized by the conflict between the Taliban movement and the Afghan government, exacerbated by the activities of various terrorist groups.

    *Taliban movement is a tessrorist group, banned in Russia

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