Taliban capture key district in Faryab
KABUL: In a string of terrorist attacks on strategic regions of Afghanistan, the Taliban have captured a key district in northern Faryab province on Monday evening, an official said.
Taliban insurgents have overrun Dawlat Abad district in Faryab after all security forces fled to the neighboring Andkhoi district, said provincial councilmember Abdul Manan Qateh.
He said the district center and all government installations have fallen to the Taliban.
This is as Dawlat Abad had continuously faced an increasing threat of the Taliban as the militants intensified their attacks on the district, said Qateh.
A total of 60 security forces stationed in the district had fled without confronting the assailing militants, he said, providing no information about casualties.
This is the second district in Faryab which fell to the Taliban in a week, Taliban captured Qaisar district of the province on Sunday and killed the district police chief along with security force personnel and captured some soldiers.
Meanwhile, Taliban claimed capturing Ab Band district of southern Ghazni province.
Security officials denied Taliban claim of capturing the district in Ghazni but confirmed the collapse of only two check posts.
Provincial governor spokesman Wahidullah Jumadzada said that Taliban staged attacks from multiple directions on the district on 4pm Monday and the clash continued till 8 pm night.
He said that 14 Taliban were killed and seven others were wounded during the clash.
Ghazni is tumultuous province in the south, where Taliban are strongly active in many parts of the province, the province recently saw increasing clashes between the security forces and the Taliban.