Afghan Taliban seize yet another district, kill the Governor

Afghan Taliban seize yet another district, kill the Governor

KABUL – Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government that came into effect on Tuesday.

Faryab provincial governor’s office said Tuesday the Taliban launched an attack on the center of Kohistan district, in Qala Sadat, at about 10pm on Monday night.

Clashes lasted a few hours and by about 1am on Tuesday morning the district fell to the insurgent group, the TOLOnews reported.

Officials said during the attack Abdul Rahman Panah, the Kohistan district governor, along with eight security force members were killed.

“Taliban militants launched fierce fighting in the wee hours of today on Kohistanat district and unfortunately the district was collapsed and its governor Abdul Rahman Panah was killed in the fire exchange,” provincial government spokesman Jawed Bidar said.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, Faryab provincial council member said that at least 13 soldiers were killed, and 16 others were wounded in the clash.

Sibghatullah Silab, the deputy to Provincial Council of Faryab, confirmed the fall of Kohistanat district.

Taliban have not commented on any news.