09 May 2017

News Story: Over 2,000 families displaced due to recent fighting in N. Afghan Kunduz province

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, May 8 (Xinhua) -- More than 2,000 families have been displaced over the past week due to Taliban's intensified militancy in northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, a local official said on Monday.

"Up to 2,058 families have fled their houses for safer places to escape the war over the past nearly one week from Qala-e-Zal and its vicinity," head of Refugees and Repatriation department in Kunduz province, Ghulam Sakhi Rasouli told Xinhua on Monday.

He also added that 1,850 families have been displaced due to the war in Qala-e-Zal district over the past three days.

The strategically important Qala-e-Zal district of Kunduz province along the border with Tajikistan fell to Taliban fighters on Saturday.

All the displaced families have migrated to the neighboring Baghlan, Takhar or Kabul and some are living with their families in Kunduz city, Rasouli asserted.

Residents in Kunduz province are worrying that the Taliban onslaught and increasing militancy would force more families to leave their houses for safer places.

Read the full story at Xinhua