At least 80 Taliban insurgents were killed in ongoing operations to clear Ghormach district of insurgents after it collapsed to the Taliban on Sunday, local officials said.
In addition, 30 other insurgents were wounded.
“Four key Taliban commanders are among those killed in ongoing operations,” a spokesman for the provincial governor, Ahmad Jawid Bedar said adding that “Taliban have suffered heavy casualties in the operations.”
“The forces are also receiving air support from the Afghan air forces,” Bedar said.
Ghormach has been one of the most insecure districts in the past 10 years.
However, the Taliban have not yet commented about their casualties in the clashes.
In the meantime, civil society activists in Faryab believe that “one of the reasons that the district is insecure is a lack of security forces”. They appealed to government “to hand over the security responsibility of the district to western security zone.”
Despite launching military operations, the security forces are yet to re-take control of the district.