Insurgents force their way into strategic Kunduz City
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban have forced their way into the capital of northern Kunduz province after capturing the city’s main square and raising their white flags, local officials said on Tuesday.
Ghulam Rabbani, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the insurgents stormed Kunduz City from several directions on Monday morning and gained control of some parts of the strategic town.
Concerned at the saturation, he asked the central government to send reinforcements to the province to push back the militants and wrest back the areas the Taliban had seized.
A security official, who wished to go unnamed, said fighters from three provinces gathered on Monday night in a bid to overrun more areas of Kunduz City, but they were pushed backed.
The city might fall again to the Taliban if reinforcements did not arrive in time, the provincial council chief warned a day earlier.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said both Taliban and security forces used civilian homes. Heavy fighting was ongoing and helicopters were hovering over the city, he claimed.
The Taliban captured the city in September 2015. However, the Afghan forces, backed by US troops and air power, wrested back the city after a few days.
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