Officials say Afghan forces have repelled attack on Kunduz


Abdul Wasay Basil, spokesman for the provincial governor, said that more than 60 Taliban fighters were wounded, and that clashes were still ongoing.

The Taliban on 12 April 2016 said that it has launched its annual spring military offensive in Afghanistan, titled Omari Operation.

Kunduz public health director Saad Mukhtar said six dead and 107 wounded had been brought to city hospitals over the past three days, which have been put under heavy strain by the destruction of the hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres in a USA air strike a year ago.

Assault comes days after Taliban launch spring offensive.

The Taliban attacked Kunduz early Friday, setting off hours of fighting.

“Fortunately they have faced defeat by the Afghan security forces”, he said, adding that 30 insurgents were killed and 20 wounded within the city’s limits.

Afghan leaders blame the withdrawal of worldwide forces for the battlefield and other losses but have vowed to evict Taliban insurgents from areas they now control and keep them from making advances this year.

Kunduz provincial police chief Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh also confirmed Taliban multipronged attacks on Kunduz and in talks with local media contended that more than 150 Taliban militants had been killed and injured since Friday and Taliban’s attempt to overrun the provincial capital Kunduz city had been foiled.

The sound of gunfire and explosions could be heard as far as 5km from the eastern outskirts of Kunduz city, witnesses reported. Fearful residents hid in their homes and many shops remained closed.

The highway between Kunduz and neighbouring Takhar province was also blocked, officials said.

The US and Nato-led troops ended their combat mission in Afghanistan in December 2014, facilitating Afghan national security force to shoulder alone the security responsibilities of their conflict-ridden country from 1 January, 2015.

Independent confirmation of official and insurgent claims were not available immediately.

Taliban briefly captured Kunduz previous year, marking the militant group’s biggest victory since it was toppled from power in 2001.


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