On 3 April 2013, a group of militants began an assault on Farah, a city in western Afghanistan. The attack began at about 9am and centred on the city's courthouse. Wearing army uniforms, they blew up an army vehicle, damaging buildings - including the local governor's office and two banks. They entered buildings, then a machine-gun and grenade battle ensued between the attackers and Afghan security forces. Six attackers wore explosive belts. The death toll was 34 civilians, 10 members of the security forces and nine attackers. Another 90 people, most of whom were civilians, were injured.
The Taliban said they carried out the attack and that they succeeded in freeing their prisoners. However, the province's police chief said that the insurgents failed in their attempt to enable the escape of 15 Taliban prisoners who were being transferred to the courthouse to be tried, as they are all accounted for.
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