22 security forces killed in Ghor, Faryab

MAIMANA (SW) – At least 14 security forces, including the district police chief, have been killed last night in a Taliban attack in Qaisar of Faryab province.

Nader Saeedi, a member of the Faryab provincial council, told Salam Watandar that the Taliban had seized the Qaisar district police headquarters and the municipality building in a massive raid.

According to Saeedi, as a result of the clashes, at least 14 security forces, including Saifur Rahman Dehzad, the police chief of Qaisar district, were killed and 37 other security forces were captured by the Taliban.

The Faryab provincial council member added that 30 security forces were still under siege in the Qaisar district building and another 60 security forces in the Kohi village of the district, and that these areas would fall to the Taliban if reinforcement was not sent.

A security source in Ghor, who did not want to be named, told Salam Watandar that the Taliban had detonated a car packed with explosives at a security checkpoint in the Shahrak district of the province in the middle of last night and then opened fire on the security forces.

According to the source, eight security forces were killed and seven others were captured by Taliban fighters. The source added that the district is currently under the control of security forces and the Taliban are concentrated in the surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, Abdul Zahir Faizada, the governor of Ghor, has confirmed the Taliban car bomb attack in the Shahrak district of the province, saying that nine security forces had been killed and six others missing since the Taliban attack.

The Taliban have not yet commented