14 rebels dead in Kunduz offensive
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): At least 14 insurgents, including two dreaded Taliban commanders, were killed and eight more wounded in ongoing offensive in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Monday.
Police Chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Saboor Nasrati said the insurgents suffered casualties as a result of clearing operations launched in Imam Sahib and Char Dara districts.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News 10 insurgents, including their commander Mullah Sherzai were killed in Dewana Qeshlaq locality of Imam Saheb and four more were wounded.
He added four other insurgents along with the group’s leader Maulvi Quraishi were killed in Chahardara district.
According to Nasrati the localities were cleared of insurgents’ presence and security forces had set up their check posts.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, however, said the group had overrun a security check post and three villages in Imam Sahib. He did not comment on number of casualties suffered by the group.
Ghulam Haidar, a Char Dara resident, complained the operations were not organised. He added majority of the locals have left homes and the security forces had to launch organised operations to root out the militants.
Sayed Mohammad, resident of Gor Tapa in central Kunduz, said Taliban were still active and the security forces did not have tangible achievements in his locality.
“Despite difficulties some people still haven’t left their homes and cooperated with the government,” he said, adding the residents wanted peace without delay.
The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has stated more than 4,600 families have been displaced from Imam Saheb, Qala-i-Zal, Chahardara and Ali Abad districts, having taken refuge in provincial capital.
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