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Govt denies fall of Dasht-i-Archi to Taliban

Govt denies fall of Dasht-i-Archi to Taliban

Nov 16, 2020 - 14:54

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Officials on Monday denied the fall of the Dasht-i-Archi district of northern Kunduz province to the Talibaninfo-icon, insisting it was still under government control.

Earlier in the day, some sources in the district said the Taliban had gained control of Dasht-i-Archi following fierce clashes with the security personnel.

But Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, spurned the claims as baseless. The district had not been overrun by the Taliban, he said.

“The district is under security forces’ control; right now our commandos along with other security personnel are stationed in the district centre. The Taliban have lost the ability to fight,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence confirmed in a separate statement commandos were widely present in the district centre.

The statement said fighting against the Taliban was underway in remote areas, which would be cleared soon of militants.

Nabi Kakar, the district’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok fierce clashes had been underway in the district since Sunday night.

He also denied the fall of the district, but said three security personnel were killed and three more wounded during gunbattles.

With the Taliban yet to comment on the situation, the movement spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the fighters had overrun eight check-posts in Dasht-i-Archi.

He claimed many security personnel were killed and a number of others wounded during attacks on the posts.

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