Security forces, local residents push back Taliban in Faryab

Salaam Times

FARYAB -- Afghan security forces, with support from popular uprising forces, have pushed back a Taliban offensive in Faryab Province, TOLOnews reported Thursday (February 15).

Taliban militants seized control of a check-point late Tuesday (February 13) in Qaisar District, said provincial police chief Nezamuddin Qaisari.

Police and popular uprising forces counter-attacked, regaining control of the checkpoint and securing several other vulnerable posts, he said.

Around 1,000 militants were involved in fighting, Qaisari said.

"Four police, three [popular] uprising members and 23 Taliban insurgents were killed during the clashes," he said.

Security forces also seized militants' weapons during the operation, he added.

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