Afghan Taliban capture police checkposts in Faryab

Afghan Taliban capture police checkposts in Faryab

KABUL - Taliban have overrun police checkpoint in the Dawlatabad district of western Faryab province, a police official acknowledged on Friday.

Col. Niamatullah Toofan, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News two policemen were killed and three others, including a woman, wounded in the militant assault.

Dozens of fighters stormed the police check-post late on Thursday and the ensuing gunbattle continued until midnight. One policeman and a public uprising member were killed.

He said the police checkpoint was seized by the attackers, who also injured two security personnel. Another source, meanwhile, claimed a woman was also wounded in the fire exchange.

A provincial council member hailing from the area, Abdul Ahad El-Baik, said the checkpoint fell because of Taliban’s increasing pressure and the closure of the road between the district and the provincial capital.

After the attack, he said, warplanes struck Taliban positions. At the moment, the public representatives said, only the district centre and five villages were under government control.