Kunduz security limping back to normal, offices reopen
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The security situation in the capital of northern Kunduz province has limped back to normal, with government and NGO offices reopening after 10 days of street fighting.
Local officials said civil departments resumed functioning on Wednesday and the governor’s house had ordered the organs concerned to clean the city and fix power cables cut during the fighting.
Deputy police chief, Col. Masoom Hashimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that security situation was currently stable and the governor had directed all government departments to resume work.
“After suffering heavy casualties, the Taliban were pushed back by Afghan forces. The municipality is busy cleaning the city, with the Breshan Shirkat starting work on restoring electricity supply to consumers,” he said.
Residents of the city are happy with the improved security situation and reopening of government departments.They said people had suffered many problems as a result of clashes over the past 10 days.
Sharif, a resident of the provincial capital, said the municipality and the Breshna Shirkat had launched operations for cleaning the city and restoring power supply to the public, the services badly needed by the people.
“The power utility has promised restoring electricity within two days and the municipality is also busy sprucing up the city,” he added.
Farid Ahmad, another inhabitant of Kunduz City, said: “Thank God the security situation has improved. Now people can return home from neighbouring provinces. Civil departments have resumed working,”
He urged the security forces should launch a large-scale operation in Kunduz to prevent militants from entering the city in the future.Ten days ago, the Taliban launched coordinated attacks the city and took some parts of it.
All government departments, NGO offices and markets had been closed for the past one and half weeks. Clashes in Kunduz City forced thousands of families to flee to neighbouring provinces.
Moreover, prices of food items had also shot up and, with a bread piece of 10 afghanis costing 50 afs.
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