40 dead, 340 injured as Kunduz violence continues
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from the clashes in the capital of northern Kunduz province has reached 40 with another 340 people, mostly civilians, sustaining injuries, the Ministry of Public Health announced on Thursday.
Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the four days of clashes in Kunduz City had resulted in the death of 40 people and injuries to another 340.
A day earlier, Public Health Minister told a press conference in Kabul that 30 people had been killed and 200 injured during the violence in Kunduz had been delivered at the zonal hospital.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday said more than 100 civilians had suffered casualties as a result of the conflict in Kunduz City, expressing grave concern over the situation there.
The UN mission asked both parties to the conflict --- the Taliban and government forces --- to protect civilians during their operations.
However, the exact number of casualties among government forces and Taliban militants remain unknown, with both the sides claiming to have inflicted heavy casualties on the other.
Three days ago, the Taliban using heavy and light weapons stormed the provincial capital from multiple directions, capturing government buildings and torching some departments.
But on Thursday, the Ministry of Defence announced that security forces had wrested back the city from the Taliban, a claim rejected by the insurgents.
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