Afghan commandos have recaptured Ali Abad district of the northeastern Kunduz province but still heavy fighting is underway between the elite forces and the Taliban militants in the district’s center, a military source said.
The army’s commandos reclaimed the district today around noon and they still advance against the militants in the district’s center, said Abdul Hadi Nazari, spokesperson for the 217 Pamir Military Corps.
The district fell to the Taliban on June 13. Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi, chief of Kunduz Provincial Council, confirmed to Kabul Now that the militants have killed as many as 15 security forces in their attacks on the district’s center.
Since June 13, the Taliban have overrun a total of six districts – Khanabad, Chardara, Qalay-i-Zal, Imam Sahib, Gul Tapa, and Dasht-e-Archi – in Kunduz province.
The militant group also took over control of a key port, Sherkhan Bandar, in Imam Sahib District of the province today, June 22.
With the newly reclaimed district, the total number of districts fallen to the Taliban since May 01, beginning of foreign troop withdrawal, across the country reaches 53.