1st LD Writethru: Militants' offensive to overrun Afghan northern Kunduz city foiled, clash continues

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Taliban militants launched well-coordinated offensive against security checkpoints to overrun the northern Kunduz city in Afghanistan but the attack has been repulsed and fighting has been continuing to further push back the insurgents, a local official said Saturday.

"Taliban militants launched well-coordinated offensives from three directions on security checkpoints around Kunduz city at 2:00 a.m. local time today but fortunately the attacks have been foiled," provincial police spokesman Inamudin Rahmani told Xinhua.

According to the official, the militants have suffered casualties and the fighting has been reduced.

However, he said that two civilians had been killed and eight others sustained injuries.

Over a dozen Taliban fighters including two foreigners have been killed and 10 others injured, the official said, adding the militants have been defeated.

However, locals in Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province, say that sporadic fighting is continuing and fighting aircraft bombing the militants hideouts around the city.

Taliban outfit that declared its annual spring offensive on Friday morning and briefly captured Kunduz city in September 2015 has yet to make comment on the situation. Enditem

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