(From BBC News)
At least 24 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Farah, officials said.
Militants reportedly attacked soldiers who had assembled in preparation for an attack in Bala Buluk district.
The attack triggered a deadly skirmish between fighters from the hardline Islamic movement and security forces.
Afghanistan has seen a surge in attacks in recent months, with militants often targeting state security forces.