Afghan flag flies again at Kunduz governor’s office
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security officials on Monday claimed clearing the remaining areas of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, from Taliban militants, putting the Afghan national flag back up at the governor’s house.
The Taliban captured Kunduz City last week in a multi-pronged attack, but they were pushed back in a counter-offensive to re-take the city which remained in control of the rebels for three days.
Kunduz police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghan security forces had cleared the Bala Hisar fortress, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office, the municipality building, the zonal hospital, the Doctors without Borders building and Kabul, Imam Sahib and Khan Abad ports in Kunduz City of Taliban.
He said the insurgents sustained heavy casualties during the counter-offensive and they had been unable to prevent security forces from advancing. Hussaini did not provide figures for the dead and wounded insurgents.
He said commander of the ground forces, Gen. Murad Ali Murad hoisted the national flag on the governor’s house and the acting governor Hamdullah Danishi formally began his work.
Residents who had been under siege since last Monday welcomed the clearing operation in the strategically important city and asked the government to ensure durable peace in the province.
The residents started coming out of their houses after the Afghan security forces consolidated their control of the area.
Some of the shops in the city have reopened and security forces have started setting up their check posts again.
The Afghan government and the US have launched a joint investigation to determine why a hospital in Kunduz run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was bombed during the campaign to retake the city over the weekend, killing over 20 people.
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