Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Taliban launches deadly attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz

Taliban launches deadly attack in Afghanistan's Kunduz

Talks between the USA and Taliban have been making progress, and a deal is starting to come together, based around the United States withdrawing from Afghanistan and the Taliban promising to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of the country in the future.

The militant group, according to the statement, launched multi-pronged offensive with two auto bombs followed by gunfight on Friday night to capture Shirzad district in Nangarhar province, but the security forces' sharp reaction forced the insurgents to retreat.

The security official added that the Afghan forces maintained control over the checkpoint but one police officer had died during the clashes.

The Taliban seized Kunduz for around two weeks in 2015 before withdrawing in the face of a NATO-backed Afghan offensive.

At least six people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in Afghanistan's northern city of Kunduz in an assault by Taliban fighters, according to a local official.

"All sides must end unnecessary violence, and instead engage in Intra-Afghan dialogue which leads to negotiations on a political settlement and a roadmap to end the war this year".

"The Taliban made an announcement this morning that they choose violence over peace".

The Arg (presidential palace) said in a statement that the Taliban announced their so-called spring offensives amid intensified efforts by the Afghan government to put a peaceful end to the "imposed war" in the country.

"We are committed to the ongoing negotiations process and a peaceful resolution but can not remain indifferent to the military operations and ongoing crimes of the invaders [U.S. -led alliance] and their internal supporters", Mujahid said in a statement sent to media.

"We will support the Afghan security forces as they fight to protect the people, we will support the Afghan security forces as they fight the Taliban", he said.

The group said in a statement that the offensive will be conducted across Afghanistan with the aim of "eradicating occupation" and "cleansing our Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption".

"Our jihadi obligation has not yet ended", the Taliban said.

In the western Ghor province, the Taliban ambushed a police convoy on Friday afternoon, killing seven security forces and igniting a battle that raged for several hours, said Abdul Hai Khateby, the governor's spokesman. Most recently, a Taliban attack near the main USA air base in Afghanistan killed three Marines on Monday.

Two members of the security forces were also killed.

The National Security Council said in a statement that the plan, named Khalid Security Plan, is aimed at boosting security across the country particularly the security of urban areas and highways.

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