Taliban launches major attack, parts of Afghan city of Kunduz captured by the terror group
The Taliban terror group launched a major attack on one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, Kunduz, and intense battles were ongoing on Saturday.
The Muslim terrorists demanded that all foreign forces leave the country.
Some 20,000 US and Nato forces remain in Afghanistan after formally ending their combat role in 2014. They continue to train and support Afghan forces fighting the Taliban and a local ISIS-affiliated terror group.
The assault started around 1am local time when Taliban terrorists targeted the city from several directions.
Reinforcements arrived in the city and the Afghan air force was supporting ground troops. Electricity and most telephone services were cut and Kunduz residents were sheltering in their houses.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack resulted in the capture of several important buildings.
“The Taliban attacked Kunduz city from several directions this morning. We are in the city now capturing government buildings one after the other,” he told reporters.
According to local reports, Afghan soldiers have surrendered to the Taliban.
The interior ministry said at least 34 Taliban terrorists were eliminated in ground and air operations in three areas of Kunduz city. Government casualty figures were not given.
The Taliban was in control of the city’s hospital, provincial council member Ghulam Rabani Rabani told The Associated Press.
The Muslim terrorists took hospital patients hostage, defense ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai told reporters in Kabul. He did not say how many.
“We could very easily attack but we don’t want civilian casualties,” he said. Hospital officials could not immediately be reached.
“The city is completely empty, shops are locked, people aren’t moving and light and heavy weapons can be heard in several parts of the city,” said resident Khaluddin.