An Afghan official said on Saturday that Afghan security forces retook control of the district of Ghormach in the northwestern province of Faryab several days after it was overran by the Taliban.
Deputy Provincial Police Chief of Faryab Baryalia Basharyar said that the Afghan flag was raised over the district headquarters on Saturday morning after an air-and-ground offensive which lasted three days.
Basharyar also confirmed that the Taliban had killed Ghormach district Police Chief Abdul Majid and 12 other policemen after they were captured alive last week.
Eighteen Afghan police officers went missing after the Taliban captured a district in Afghanistan's northwestern Faryab Province. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban, said on Oct. 20 that Ghormach district police were detained by the militants along with 13 other police officers.
The Taliban carried out a surprise attack and took control of Ghormach on Oct. 18.
Afghan government forces and the United States launched joint operations against the Taliban on Sept. 29 to retake the city of Kunduz, seized by Afghan Taliban militants after an attack on Sept. 28.
On Oct. 13, the Taliban released a statement ordering its militants to retreat from Kunduz to save ammunition and the lives of its members and civilians.