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Talban won’t be able to overrun Kunduz City again: Police chief

Talban won’t be able to overrun Kunduz City again: Police chief

Jun 20, 2016 - 12:32

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Police chief for northern Kunduz Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh has said clearing operations are underway in all parts to flush out the enemy and enforce security across the province.

In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the police boss said security forces had the ability to maintain law and order and the Talibaninfo-icon would not be able to overrun the provincial capital again.

“We are ready to deal with any kind of challenge. Clearing operationsare underway in parts of the province, where the insurgents have been weakened and they could not capture any district in the future,” insisted Jangalbagh.

He added all units of security forces had developed coordination in defending their motherland even at the cost of their lives. The police chief asked local residents to ignore Taliban’s propaganda and repose trust in their security forces.

Abdullah, a policeman manning the Khanabad port check-post, said the enemy had been propagating that they would seize Kunduz City again.

“I want to tell the people the Taliban are trying to create confusion among the locals through their propaganda campaign. But the fact is the group will not be able to capture the provincial capital again,” he remarked.

In addition to having a strong presence in districts, the Taliban are said to be active on the outskirts of Kunduz City, but security officials claim several villages have been cleared of the insurgents as a result of Operation Shafaq.

A couple of weeks earlier, the Taliban stopped buses and kidnapped more than 200 passengers in the province. Ten of the hostages were killed and 20 are still in Taliban captivity. The group released most of them soon after their abduction.


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