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Faryab: 3 security posts, bazaar fall to Taliban

Faryab: 3 security posts, bazaar fall to Taliban

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Sep 19, 2017 - 12:12

MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Local officials confirmed on Tuesday the fall of three security posts and a bazaar of the Kohistan district of northwestern Faryab province to the Talibaninfo-icon.

Ghaibullah Mirzad, commander of Afghan forces and uprising groups in the Bandar area of the district, said hundreds of militants stormed the security posts and the bazaar on Monday evening.

The Taliban captured three posts and the bazaar in the morning. He said only three villages of the district were under government control and they might also be overrun by the rebels.

“I have tried a lot to contact provincial security officials, but only the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) chief responded and the rest told me I should call them tomorrow,” he added.

Mirzad said one Taliban fighter was killed and two others were wounded in the fighting. Two uprising group members were also injured.

Former provincial council deputy head, Mohibullah MIrzad also said one of two major areas of Kohistan district had fallen to the rebels and other areas might also fall if the government did not launch a clearing operation.

Lolash area, the center of Kohistan district, was also captured by the militants about a month ago.

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