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Insurgents blow up Afghan-Tajik transit bridge in Kunduz

Insurgents blow up Afghan-Tajik transit bridge in Kunduz

Aug 22, 2016 - 00:29

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon militants have blown up the only transit bridge between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Tajikistan in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said on Sunday.

Deputy police chief, Masoom Hashimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents, after being defeated in Khanabad district, suffered 37 fatalities. Subsequently, they launched attacks on the Alchin Bridge.

He said the bridge was damaged and Afghan forces were fighting against the militants in the area. The bridge, 300 meters long and six meters wide, connects three districts with Kunduz City and is a key link between the neighbours.

“This bridge has been harmed at the directive of Pakistaninfo-icon because Afghanistan had started importing high-quality cement and food items from the neighbouring country that affected Pakistan’s markets,”  Hashimi added.

He said that the bridge was destroyed to force Afghanistan into starting imports from Pakistan again.

A cement trader, Mansoor, said Pakistani goods, particularly cement, had recently lost their market in Afghanistan. He believed the loss had prompted Pakistan to damage the Alchin Bridge through Taliban.

Another cement trader in Kunduz, Sher Ahmad, said he was selling around 2,000 bags of cement imported from Tajikistan on a daily basis.He said Pakistani cements would once again be imported if the bridge was not reconstructed immediately.

On the other hand, the Taliban militants claimed three of their associates had been killed in a US airstrike on a hideout at the Alchin Bridge.



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