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Most parts of Kunduz cleared of Taliban: MoI

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday said that Afghan security forces have cleared most parts of Kunduz city of the Taliban militants.

Siddiq Siddiqi, spokesman for the MoI, while commending progress of security forces in Kunduz province said that most parts of Kunduz city have been cleared of the militants in the past 48 hours.

Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, he said that displaced people of Kunduz city are gradually returning to their homes. Siddiqi added the clearance operations are ongoing in the province.

“Afghan forces priority will be clearing Chahardara and Dasht-e-Archi districts of the Taliban militants,” he asserted. Siddiqi said that the Taliban militants still have presence in Chahardara and Dasth-e-Archi districts.

He added that Afghan forces have arrested eight terror suspects over the past 48 hours. He once again urged public to cooperate with Afghan forces in clearing the province of the rebels.

Siddiqi said that the government has devised a security plan to ensure better security of the residents of Kunduz city.

The MoI spokesman said that the Taliban militants conducted six attacks on different points of the Gazni province over the past 10 hours.

He said that the Taliban militants stormed police post in Giro district, police headquarters in 3rd district of Gazni city and police checkpoint in Jaghto district. “IED blasts destroyed a bridge in Ab-e-Band district,” Siddiqi added.

He said that security forces resisted against the attacks. He added that additional forces have also been deployed to the areas soon after the attacks.

“The terrorist attacks were repelled by security police forces only. The Taliban are still present in some areas,” he added.

He said that fresh soldiers will deployed to Ghazni province from Kabul if needed.

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