Afghan forces: Central Kunduz retaken from Taliban

Afghan government forces are back in control in parts of the city of Kunduz, three days after it was captured by the Taliban, an Afghan special forces commander on the ground told Al Jazeera.

Operations were ongoing on Thursday morning to take control of the entire city, the commander said.

He said the Taliban left the centre of the city, now under government control, on Tuesday night following a US air strike that decimated their ranks.

Residents and security sources said the army was facing stiff resistance in residential areas still held by the Taliban.

The Afghan interior ministry claimed control of the city in a statement.

“It is retaken and being cleared from terrorists, with heavy casualties to the enemy,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter.