Army launches offensive to retake Ghormach district
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The Afghan National Army (ANA) on Tuesday launched an operation to recapture the Ghormach district of northern Faryab province, officials said.
On Saturday, Taliban seized the district centre while police held nearby checkpoints. The militants also captured three checkpoints from police on Monday.
The district police chief, Lt. Col. Abdul Majeed Glimbafi was taken captive along with 17 policemenby the insurgents.
Before being seize3d on Monday, Glimbafi told Pajhwok Afghan News there were 30 policemen manning three checkpoints, but a dozen were killed and 17 others surrounded by the militants.
Major Mohammad Raza Rezaee, spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Military Corps, said as soldiers reached the area, the district chief had already been captured by the Taliban.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said they had taken control of three checkpoints, seizing seven policemen, a military vehicle and a pick-up, two heavy machine guns and some weapons.
But Rezaee said they initiated an offensive codenamed “Shamsher-15” on Monday evening to retake the town. “The ANA camp and checkpoints are three kilometres from the district headquarters,” he added.
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