Rebel leader among 7 killed in Kunduz
Six rebels and their group leader Mullah Bashir were killed in Gor Tepa area on the outskirts of Kunduz City, the provincial capital, a police spokesman said.
Col. Syed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News the fighters' bodies were still lying at the scene. Four insurgents were wounded, and some weapons seized during the operation.
He said the operation was launched after a group of insurgents stormed a security post and killed one Afghan Local Police (ALP) member.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed three ALP members including their commander were killed and many others wounded in the attack and the ensuing clash.
Residents, meanwhile, voiced concern at the situation in the area and asked the authorities to beef up security in villages on the periphery of Kunduz City.
One dweller Maqsood Ahmadi said a gravel-laden truck struck a roadside bomb on Tuesday evening and then the Taliban entered a fire exchange with Afghan forces.
The clash continued until 9pm, he said, adding: “Some passenger cars were stuck in the fighting." The resident claimed the militants looked strong and police personnel could not patrol remote areas.
But the police spokesman, Col. Hussaini, said some areas had been cleared during the operation and if Taliban activities continued, security forces would take action.
According to another report, an insurgent was killed during a clash with ALP members on Tuesday night in Dasht-i-Archi district.
District chief, Sheikh Sadruddin Saadi, said the incident took place after an ALP official was killed in a clash with the Taliban clash in the area.
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