Mohammad Amin Patang, the acting police chief of Almar district in the northern Faryab province, has surrendered to the Taliban since yesterday, Wednesday, March 11, a local official confirmed. He added that Patang has only taken a Kalashnikov rifle gun with him.
Talking to Kabul Now, Abdul Karim Yourish, spokesperson for Faryab Police Chief, said that an investigation was underway to find how the local police commander, who holds the second lieutenant military rank, joined the militant group.
Patang was appointed as acting police chief of Almar district two months ago.
The Taliban, however, have not commented regarding it so far.
Faryab is a volatile province where the Taliban actively operate in some of its districts, including Almar. Almar district has been under repeated Taliban attacks in recent days.
According to Yourish, security forces of the district are currently fighting the Taliban under the command of the security head of Almar district police.