Taliban overrun Faryab’s Ghormach district
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The Taliban captured the Ghormach district of northwestern Faryab province following a fierce clash with security forces on Tuesday, an official said.
Syed Abdul Baqi Hashimi, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants launched attacks on security checkpoints in the town late on Monday night.
He said the insurgents captured three police posts and an Afghan National Army (ANA) base at midnight. The rebels captured the district centrein the morning.
District officials were forced into seeking shelter in the main ANA base after important posts fell to the militants, the public representative said.
Hashimi added ANA helicopters mistakenly hit a part of the district police headquarters. Subsequently, Afghan forces stationed there had to leave in confusion.
A security official, who wished not to be named, warned the Taliban might also attack other areas from hilltops in Ghormach, which was currently out of the government’s control.
“A number of Afghan security personnel and 11 Taliban militants were killed in Ghormach clashes,” the source said.
A local elder, fleeing Ghormach to a safer area, said the insurgents had captured two security posts last night and local officials had left the district without resistance.
Mullah Obaidullah, Taliban’s shadow district chief, said all other areas including the district centrewere under the movement’s control except the ANA base, a kilometer from the district headquarters.
Ghormach fell to Taliban about a year ago, but government forces later wrested the district’s control.
A day earlier, Faryab police chief said the Taliban could not capture even a village from Afghan forces.
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