Afghan forces recapture key parts of Kunduz from Taliban – officials

An Afghan helicopter carrying security personnel arrives at the scene of an offensive against Taliban insurgents in Kunduz on September 30, 2015.  © Nasir Waqif
Afghan special forces have retaken control of key areas in the northern city of Kunduz in a massive operation against Taliban fighters, according to local and interior ministry officials.

“Kunduz City… is retaken and being cleared from terrorists, heavy casualty to the enemy,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi wrote on Twitter.

Police on the ground also confirmed their full control over all government buildings in the city, adding that air support from Americans prevented heavy casualties as the major government advancement began at around 9:00pm local time.

“The city is completely retaken,” said Kunduz police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Husaini, who said he was speaking from the governor’s compound. “All the government facilities are retaken and our forces are stationed everywhere in the city.”

Taliban forces were forced to flee the city after a massive operation by government forces early on Thursday, acting governor of Kunduz, Hamdullah Danishi, confirmed to Reuters.

"Afghan security forces got control of Kunduz city from Taliban overnight after heavy fighting," Danishi said. “After we got reinforcement and started a massive operation inside Kunduz city Taliban could not resist and escaped.”

"We will give a full report soon," the official added, not sharing any details of the operation.

Monday’s takeover of Kunduz in Afghanistan’s north was considered a major success for Taliban extremists. The group launched an attack from three different directions and seized control of the city from government forces mere hours later.

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