43 rebels killed as reinforcements arrive in Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 43 Taliban militants were killed in two districts of northern Kunduz province as additional troops arrived to fight the large number of insurgents closing in on the provincial capital, officials said on Tuesday.
Heavy fighting continued for the fourth day on Tuesday after nearly 2000 insurgents attacked police and army posts in the Imam Sahib district near Kunduz City.
Sixteen militants were killed in Qala-i-Zal district and a senior Taliban commander and his 27 fighters were killed in Imam Sahib district on Monday night after security forces launched a major operation in the evening, said Mohammad Omer Safi, the provincial governor.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News security forces initiated the operation in Imam Sahib and extended it to Qala-i-Zal district. “The military operation will continue until all militants are eliminated,” the governor said.
The militants overran several areas in the two districts, forcing residents to flee homes as they feared heavy gun battles.
A security official said additional army and police personnel had arrived to the aid of security forces locked in battles with insurgents.
The Taliban have not yet commented about casualties the fighters suffered in Imam Sahib and Qala-i-Zal districts.
In Kabul, the Ministry of Interior ministry said Mullah Mustafa aka Shahdat, a most-wanted terrorist, was killed along with his 27 fighters during clashes with security forces in the Imam Sahib district.
In a statement, the ministry said security forces would not spare anyone involved in terrorist activities in the country.
Governor Safi said clashes between security forces and Taliban fighters were underway seven kilometers from Kunduz city.
Senior officials, including Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi and public order police chief, had arrived in Kunduz to supervise the military operation against the Taliban.
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