File photo shows Afghan security forces in Kabul.
The Taliban militants in Afghanistan have attacked government buildings in the western province of Farah, killing eight people and injuring more than 70 others, Press TV reports.
According to reports, violence erupted after the militants detonated a car bomb outside a court before entering its building.
Afghan officials say the Taliban militants are currently holed up inside the governmental compound in Farah.
The number of casualties is expected to rise.
Deputy provincial governor Yonus Rasouli said that the attacks damaged many government buildings in the area.
The deadly attack comes after Afghan General Qadam Shah Shahim said on Tuesday that the militants were planning to increase their attacks against civilian and military institutions in 2013.
In October 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of the so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban regime from power, but insecurity remains across the country.
According to the United Nations, thousands of civilians have died and hundreds of thousands more displaced in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion.