3 districts cleared out of insurgents in N Afghan province

20:08, January 17, 2011      

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Security forces have swept up Taliban insurgents in three districts of Kunduz province, 250 km north of Afghan capital Kabul and established government control there, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Syedkhili said Monday.

"The districts of Chardara, Ali Abad and Gortipa have been cleared out of Taliban rebels over the past 20 days,"Shedkhili told newsmen at a press conference here.

Over 60 Taliban insurgents have given up militancy and laid down their arms during the period, he asserted.

All the above districts now are peaceful and the government authority has been re-established there, he added.

However, he did not comment on the casualties of both sides, saying cleanup operation would soon be launched in Imam Sahib district.

Taliban militants challenging Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.

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