The Afghan security forces regained on Saturday the control of Khan Abad district, Kunduz province, seized by the Taliban militants earlier, police said.
Afghans have registered cases of kidnapping of passengers by armed militants over the past one year which means Afghan Taliban adopted a new tactic to subdue Afghans, political analysts said.
Unknown armed militants intercepted a bus in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Wednesday and 47 passengers were taken to an unknown location.
More than 60 Taliban militants have been killed over the past three days as government forces launched aerial and ground operations against the armed outfit in parts of the northern Kunduz province over the weekend, police said Sunday.
Afghan security forces after five days of fierce fighting were able to reopen the road linking Baghlan to Kunduz city and sent reinforcement there to bolster government positions against Taliban fighters, police said.
Taliban militants in attempt to capture Maimana city the capital of Faryab province, 425 km northwest of Kabul, have been foiled as the militants suffering casualties and leaving 23 bodies behind fled away, police said Monday.
The fall of Kunduz city to the Taliban and the week-long clashes between government security forces and the insurgents in the counter-offensive had a devastating impact on civilians who have been left without basic services, food and potable water.
Afghan security forces, after three days of Taliban presence in Kunduz city, launched counter- offensive late Wednesday night and recaptured the city early Thursday, officials said.
A total of 190 Taliban militants have been killed over the past 13 days of heavy fighting in Kunduz province with Kunduz city as its capital, 250 km north of Kabul, while 23 others laid down arms and surrendered on Wednesday, provincial governor Mohammad Omar Safi said.
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