Faryab Governor Naqibullah Faiq said on Sunday, the Taliban have intensified their offensives in all districts of the province.
“The Taliban have intensified their attacks in all Faryab districts. Security forces are defending their strongholds till the morning,” Faiq tweeted.
He also added that a “bezbezak” (night vision camera/scope) was the “most dangerous weapon of the Taliban” which they were using to target security forces even at night.
Faryab’s Provincial Council member Sayed Abdul Baqi Hashemi, told Reporterly that all 14 districts in Khani Chahar Bagh, the northernmost district of the province, are facing insecurity.
He said that Ghormach district in the northwest had already fallen to the Taliban while the police headquarters in Kohistan, in the south, had been set on fire, forcing officials to relocate the district office to another village.
Hashemi said that Qaisar district in the southwestern part was also on the verge of collapsing.
He added that Shirin Tagab, Khwaja Sabz Posh, Dawlat Abad, Qaramqol and Qurghan districts are also under heavy Taliban attack.
All officials have been moved from the provincial centre of Maimana city since the surrounding villages are now under Taliban control, he revealed.
Faryab facing lack of security forces
Hashemi explained that Faryab was facing a shortage of security personnel as they had lost many soldiers to the war and some had even deserted.
The Faryab Police Command said that on Saturday evening, in a joint operation of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the People’s Uprising Forces, five Taliban fighters were killed and six were injured in the Kuh Sayad village of Shirin Tagab district.
The police confirmed that two Taliban insurgents were also killed and two others were wounded in an hour-long clash in the Arab Aqsa village of Pashtun Kot district n Saturday evening.
The Ministry of Interior also announced that 23 Taliban members had been killed in Qaisar district last week.