Heavy clashes are ongoing in parts of northern Kunduz province including the Charkhab area of the city, local officials confirmed Sunday.
This comes after Qala-e-Zal district of the province collapsed to the Taliban on Saturday morning after two days of heavy clashes between the insurgent group and security forces.
The district collapsed after the insurgents carried out a group attack on Aqtepa in Qala-e-Zal, according to officials.
Sayed Mahmoud Danish, a spokesman for the provincial governor confirmed that heavy clashes are ongoing in Charkhab, on the outskirts of Kunduz city, adding that “the security forces retreated from Qala-e-Zal but clashes are ongoing around the district.”
“The security forces have surrounded the district from different directions,” he said.
Charkhab is a key area which links Kunduz city with Khan Abad district and northern Takhar provinces.
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