Taliban holding out against Afghan soldiers in Kunduz

Taliban militants holding out against Afghan troops in northern Afghan city of Kunduz

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Afghan security forces take their positions during a gun battle in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan September 29, 2015

Taliban fighters were holding out against Afghan soldiers in Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, on Friday, after government forces retook large parts of the northern city.

The Taliban also took over Warduj, one of the 29 districts of Badakhshan Province in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, Nawid Forotan - a spokesman for the provincial governor - told Reuters.

Kunduz is a strategically placed city with a population of 300,000 captured by the Taliban in an attack earlier on Monday although number of Taliban militants had retreated and several were hiden in local people homes fighting the army, Nawid Forotan said.

Afghan army forces continue to struggle against the intesifying Taliban threat. But the militants took control in the Warduj district of Badakhshan because reinforcements did not arrive in the area, Forotan added.

Ahmad Sahil, a producer for local Afghan television in Kunduz, has indicated that some people are still hesitating to leave their houses and added, "The Taliban who knew Kunduz left the city already, but many foreign fighters could not flee and are hiding in people's homes in some parts of the city centre and are still resisting."

Hamdullah Danishi, acting governor of Kunduz province, says there is no mass fighting in the capital. "Taliban are still in civilian houses and buildings. They are using civilians as human shields.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also announced the group's fighters killed 50 soldiers and took control of 28 strategic checkpoints in a district of Badakhshan Province.

After Taliban fighters launched surprise attacks on checkpoints and seized control in many villages, clashes started between the Taliban and Afghan troops, according to a government report.

During the attacks more than two policemen were killed and three were missing.

On Thursday, a US C-130 military transport plane crashed in Jalalabad, in the east of Afghanistan, killing at least 11 people. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed on Friday that militants belonging to the group shot down a military plane. But authorities haven’t confirmed this information yet, according to Agence France Presse.


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