AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that last week was a deadly week for Taliban insurgents in Kunduz. It added that Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have inflected heavy casualties on the Taliban militants.
Spokesman for the MoI, Siddiq Siddiqi, told reporters that at least 300 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 80 others arrested in joint military operations in Kunduz city in the past five days.
He said that fighting against the Taliban militants is ongoing in different parts of Kunduz city.
Siddiqi said that the militants are using civilians as human shield.
“Security forces have conducted clearance operations in Kunduz city. However, militants are hiding in civilians’ houses,” he added.
Seddiqi said that security forces have surrounded the Taliban fighters. He added that the Taliban would either surrender, or will be killed by Afghan security forces.
“Security forces on Friday arrested 36 militants, hiding in civilians’ houses,” he said.
He said that nearly 500 fresh troops have been deployed to Kunduz city form Baghlan province to clear the province of the Taliban militants.
“The Ministry of Interior Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi and Chief of Army Staff Qadam Shah Shahim went to Kunduz province on Friday to organize and assess military operations against Taliban militants in different districts of the province,” Siddiqi maintained.
Siddiqi said that the MoI is striving hard to clear Kunduz of the Taliban militants and provide aid to residents of the city.
Kunduz city fell to the Taliban militants last week. This is the first major city to fall to the Taliban insurgents over the past 14 years. Security forces recaptured the city on Friday.
Two days ago Taliban fighters stormed over Wardooj and Baharak districts of Badakhshan province and seized the districts.
The MoI said Afghan police in a joint military operation with the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) retook Baharak district from the Taliban insurgents and efforts are underway to take back the Wardooj district as well.