Afghan official says 18 police missing after Taliban attack

About 18 Afghan police officers are missing following Taliban's attack in Faryab province

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Afghan police

An Afghan official said on Tuesday that about 18 Afghan police officers are missing after Taliban captured a district in the northwestern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

Interior Ministry Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said that the Ghormach district police chief and 17 of his men have been missing since Monday, one day after Taliban seized the Faryab province.

The Ghormach district police were detained by the militants and injured along with 13 other police officers, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban said. There was no immediate comment for the inconsistency.

Sediqqi said the operations would be coordinated by First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum with reinforcements who are sent to the Faryab province. The operations was expected to be carried out with a combined force of army, police and Dostum’s own “bodyguard” of 640 men.

After assessing the incident, Dostum will present a report to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the National Security Council, Dostum’s spokesman Sultan Faizy told AP. Faizy said Dostum would take the action according to their decisions and lead men into battle only with their permission.

Meanwhile, troops were battling Taliban in three districts in southern Helmand province; Musa Qala, Nad Ali and Nawzad, Sediqqi said.

Officials said the militants fought within 10 kilometres (6 miles) of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah. Afghanistan was dealing with “security problems” in nearly nine districts, Sediqqi said despite his decision not to give details.

After three days Taliban control in the northern city of Kunduz seized on Sept. 28, “life is getting back to normal for the locals and people are trying to get back to their houses,” Sediqqi said.

Two weeks of battling caused cutting off water, electricity and food supplies. In a result, more than half of the city’s population of 300,000 is claimed to have fled.

The Taliban has been fighting with Afgan forces on many fronts since international combat mission concluded last year.

TRTWorld and agencies