Kunduz in Afghanistan's north falls to Taliban

Dasht-i-Archi captured by the Taliban early Monday as parliament comes under attack in capital Kabul

Kunduz in Afghanistan's north falls to Taliban

World Bulletin / News Desk

 The Taliban overran a district in northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Monday morning after launching a massive attack on the district administration.

The attack on the Dasht-i-Archi district began on Sunday night, according to local officials. Afghan security forces have left the district administration building and outlaying security posts on Monday morning after a heavy battle with the militant group. There were no reports of casualties.

The capture of Dasht-i-Archi comes as Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen carried out an attack on the Afghan parliament during a morning session on Monday.

Mohammad Yosuf Ayobi, chief of Kunduz provincial council told Anadolu agency that the Taliban conducted a coordinated attack from different directions on Dasht-i-Archi on Sunday night which lasted till this morning.

“We have lost contact with district governor. The battle between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces is underway in Qarloq locality,” Ayobi said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a message claimed to have seized the Kunduz district on Monday morning.

“14 police posts located around the district center were seized late on Sunday followed by continued fight that led to the capture of the district headquarter today around 7:00 a.m.,” Mujahid said.

This is the second district that falls to the Taliban over the past two days. The insurgents managed to take control of Chahar Dara district of Kunduz on Saturday evening.

Kunduz, a strategic northern province bordering Tajikistan, has seen continuous Taliban and foreign insurgents’ attacks.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Haziran 2015, 10:41