Operation to regain Chardara district soon: Police
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): After fall of Chardara district in northern Kunduz province to insurgents, provincial police chief on Sunday said senior officials from the Ministries of Defence and Interior had been arrived in the area to work out a strategy to dislodge militants and regain control of the district.
Afghan security forces and Taliban claimed inflicting heavy casualties on each other for fighting to capture the district.
Brig. Gen. Abdul Saboor Nasrati, Kunduz police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes left 17 Taliban fighters dead and 21 others wounded. Three security personnel had also been killed and six wounded, he added.
He said Taliban have bombed a bridge and torched a military base being used by the security forces.
Based on reports, the residents of Chardara have been trapped between the warring parties. Chardara district fell to insurgents following heavy attacks on Saturday night. The district is located 10 kilometres west of Kunduz city.
Local officials said security forces have retreated to Tapa Khakani locality and were pounding insurgents’ positions.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesperson, in an email claimed killing of 24 policemen and wounding 19 others. He said the group had detained 25 more policemen.
He added 12 security check points had been overrun, four tanks, six rangers and dozens of weapons had been seized.
Shafiqullah, a local police member, said they retreated from the district because no back up force could come to their help on time.
Meanwhile, the residents who were displaced due to the fighting have voiced deep concerns about their plight. Mohammadullah, resident of Nahr-e-Sufi, said: “majority of the residents including me escaped to Kunduz centre. Some other families have been trapped and cannot escape.”
He said he could only take his family members out of the district, while everything else was left behind.
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