Taliban militants, after fierce fighting, overran Kohistanat district in northern Afghanistan’s Faryab province, killing the district governor on Tuesday, provincial government spokesman Jawed Bidar said.
“Taliban militants launched fierce fighting in the wee hours of today on Kohistanat district and unfortunately the district was collapsed.
“Its governor Abdul Rahman Panah was killed in the fire exchange,’’ Bidar told newsmen.
According to Bidar, both the Taliban and security forces suffered casualties in the fire fight, which lasted for hours.
He, however, did not provide details of the casualities.
Meanwhile, Sibghatullah Silab, the deputy to Provincial Council of Faryab, confirmed the fall of Kohistanat district, saying that the district governor Abdul Rahman Panah along with eight of his men were killed during the Taliban raid on the district headquarters.
Taliban militants, who launched a deadly offensive on Muqar district in eastern Ghazni province on the same day, have not commented on the news.