Afghan forces recapture Kunduz city from Taliban

Kabul, Oct 12 (IANS) Afghan government forces, after days of fierce fighting, recaptured Kunduz city on Wednesday, forcing the Taliban militants to retreat to their former bases, a senior police official said.

“Taliban rebels after suffering huge casualties and leaving scores of bodies behind fled (from there) and the whole city is in control of the government forces at the moment,” Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying.

Taliban militants overran major parts of Kunduz city on October 3 prompting government forces to launch the counter-offensive.

“More than 200 Taliban rebels have been killed and over 300 sustained injuries since the launching of the counter-offensive to dislodge militants from the city,” the official said.

He said scores of bodies of Taliban fighters were lying on the streets.

According to the official, more than 20 police personnel have been killed and 45 injured since the Taliban onslaught on Kunduz city and the counter-offensive to flush out militants.

The Taliban militants were yet to make any comment on the situation in the city.



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