Kunduz-Takhar highway reopened, 18 insurgents killed
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): After four days of closure, the busy Kunduz-Takhar highway has been reopened and 18 rebels killed as a result of a clearing operation by security forces, an official said on Saturday.
Kunduz police chief, Brig. Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh, told Pajhwok Afghan News 18 militants were killed and six others wounded during the operation in the Malarghi area of Khanabad district on Friday night.
He said the highway was reopened for traffic after a four-day blockade. All rebel hideouts located along the road have been destroyed and security forces deployed to protect the route.
Jangalbagh promised setting up security posts to protect the highway and ward off any threat to passengers.
Driver Gul Mohammad, meanwhile, said commuters faced many problems as a result of the road blockade over the past few days. But now passengers could easily travel between Takhar and Kunduz provinces, according to him.
Mohammad asked the security organs to protect the road so the people did not face any problems. Three other roads leading to Kunduz province are still blocked.
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