July 15, 2014
The interior ministry of Afghanistan has dismissed Helmand police chief Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoi from his position due to deadly Taliban offensive. A spokesman for the Helmand security commandment, Abdul Ahad Chopan said Gen Baqizoi was dismissed along with another senior security official on Monday.
Chopan further added that Juma Gul Hamdard has been appointed as the new police chief of Helmand province. The two top security officials were dismissed after Taliban militants launched a deadly offensive in Helmand province around 20 days ago.
Around 800 Taliban militants initially launched attacks in Sangin district which shortly spread in three other districts. Dozens of civilians along with the Afghan national security forces were killed following the clashes which lasted over a week.