Afghan forces have recaptured a district that had fallen briefly to the Taliban, officials and residents said Sunday, after thousands of people fled their homes in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province
Afghan forces have recaptured a district that had fallen briefly to the Taliban, officials and residents said Sunday, after thousands of people fled their homes in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunduz province.
Khan Abad district, which is around 30 kilometers east of Kunduz city -- the provincial capital where militants last year scored their biggest ever victory -- had fallen to the Taliban after they launched a pre-dawn attack on the district center Saturday, according to local officials.
Several hours later Afghan special forces were deployed to the area -- a key route to Kunduz city -- to retake the district.
The district was recaptured by government forces on Saturday evening, according to Sayed Mahmood Danish, a Kunduz governor spokesman.
"Taliban are now being chased away. The threat to the city is gone. We are expanding our operations beyond the district," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told AFP.
A shopkeeper in Khan Abad district, Khalid, told AFP that people were still worried about the Taliban making a return to the city.
"The roads are empty, few shops are open in the city. People do not have access to food and drinking water. We still cannot come out of our houses," he said.