Taliban launches major attack on key Afghan city of Kunduz

The Taliban launched a major assault on one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, Kunduz, and intense battles were ongoing on Saturday.

Afghanistan’s security forces are repelling a Taliban attack on Kunduz, presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack resulted in the capture of several important buildings.

“The Taliban attacked Kunduz city from several directions this morning. We are in the city now capturing government buildings one after the other,” he told reporters.

Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, a Kunduz police spokesman, told AFP news agency fighting was ongoing and commando forces had arrived to repel the Taliban attack.

The Taliban was in control of the city’s hospital, according to the provincial council member Ghulam Rabani Rabani

The interior ministry said at least 34 Taliban fighters were killed in ground and air operations in three areas of Kunduz city. Government casualty figures were not given.

The complex attack came as the United States and the Taliban continued to seek an agreement in Qatar that would see thousands of American troops leave Afghanistan in return for security guarantees.

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