Security forces retreat from Kunduz City’s Bala Hisar
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have retreated from the Bala Hisar, an ancient hilltop fortress overlooking Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, allowing Taliban militants to capture the area, police said on Wednesday.
Kunduz police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News that the military, police and intelligence personnel staged the retreat from Bala Hisar at about 5pm this afternoon.
The Bala Hisar area had been under Taliban siege for the last two days. “Security forces benefitting from military techniques have lift the area and have reached in two separate groups to Abdan desert and the airport,” the police official said.
Hussaini said nothing about the number of security forces retreating from Bala Hisar and said he had no information about exact number of casualties to both the sides.
But Taliban in a statement had claimed all security forces in Bala Hisar had been killed as a result of attacks.
A security official, who declined to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban through elders had conveyed message to the besieged security forces in Bala Hisar that they would be pardoned if surrendered, but the forces did not trust the Taliban.
The Taliban captured the city two days ago, but security forces remained in control of Bala Hisar. Currently most of the security forces have assembled at the airport, about two kilometers from the main city, and are conducting operations against the Taliban from there.
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