Local officials say hundreds of Taliban fighters have launched coordinated attacks on government buildings and security checkpoints in the Bala Buluk district in Afghanistan's western Farah Province.
Mullah Said Mohammad, the district governor, said the militants stormed the headquarters of the regional government and district police, as well as several security outposts in the early morning of November 17.
"Heavy clashes between the security forces and the militants are still going on," the governor said, adding that the district "might fall to the insurgents if government forces don't receive additional support."
The governor said two soldiers and 15 Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes.
The casualty figures cannot be independently confirmed.
There was no immediate comment from the Taliban.
With reporting by khaama.com and dpa