Another 25 rebels perish in Kunduz clashes
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least 25 militants were killed and several others wounded after security forces attacked their safe heavens in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Wednesday.
Clashes have been ongoing near the provincial capital, Kunduz City, after a large number of heavily armed militants launched attacks on police and army posts in the Imam Sahib and Qala-i-Zal districts.
Residents warned many parts of the province could fall to the insurgents if the government did not launch a large-scale operation against anti-state elements.
Provincial police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News 13 militants were killed in Bagh Shirkat when security forces fired mortar shells at them and another 12 rebels were killed in Qasaei village of Chahardara district.
Nine more militants were killed and wounded in the Aliabad district, he said, believing the death toll among the rebels could be higher.
Mohammad Omar, a resident, said insurgents had stepped up their activities and were advancing, but security forces remained inactive.
But Hussaini said additional forces had reached Kunduz and further reinforcements and logistic support would arrive soon.
Local officials said a major operation against rebels would be launched soon.
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