Kunduz won’t fall again to militants, promises governor
KUNDUZ CITY/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Officials in northern Kunduz province, asserting the security personnel’s combat prowess,said on Sunday dozens of militants had been killed and wounded in recent operations.
Governor Asadullah Amarkehl, visiting the Chahar Bandar area of Kunduz City, assured residents that the province would never fall again to militants because the security forces were capable of defending the country.
“Kunduz will never be a safe haven for the Taliban or any other insurgent outfit. They would not succeed in reaching their objectives,” the governor assured, promising security in the province that fell to the rebels for a few days last year.
Meanwhile, the police chief, Brig. Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh, said the security situation in Kunduz was getting better and there was no cause for concern because the militants had suffered heavy casualties in the past few days.
Up to 20 militants were killed and several others wounded during recent clashes in the Qala-i-Zal area of Imam Sahib district, he claimed.“The Taliban have not power to fight against the security personnel.
“They (insurgents are spreading rumours that Kunduz is on the verge of collapse. They will never be able to realise their nefarious designs.” He also acknowledged the death of four security personnel and injuriesto eight others in overnight gunbattles.
But Taliban spokesmanZabihullah Mujahidclaimed the fighters had killed several Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the Nasari area of Imam Sahib district and captured three military bases there.
Civil society activistAkmal Rahmaniasked the government to conduct a comprehensive operation across the province. The guerrillas were only two kilometresfrom the governor’s office.
The Pajhwok scribe reported from the site crowds were less visible in the city, but assurances from the governor and the police chief had instilled a sense of security among residents.
An inhabitant of the area, Haji Farid, voiced satisfaction with police searchesat the checkpoints. He asked citizens to cooperate with the security personnel, especially police, in ensuring protection of civilians.
Elsewhere in the north, dozens of militants were killed during a clash triggered by an insurgent attackon a checkpoint in the Qush Tepa district of Jawzjan province. Governor Maulvi Lutfullah Azizi said militants were still in the area trying to take the bodies of their comrades.
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