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Kabul:  Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Tuesday recaptured a district in northern  province of Kunduz which Taliban militants had seized over the weekend, killing more than 80 rebels, the provincial government spokesman said.

“The Chardara district is under control of ANSF now. They started the operation in early hours of Tuesday and retook the control of district bazaar in addition to parts of the district centre where several government office buildings are located,” spokesman Wodud Wahidi told Xinhua.

The army and police were still fighting sporadic clashes in small pockets inside the district, some six km west of provincial capital Kunduz city, 250 km north of Kabul.

Army specialists were moving slowly as they were defusing dozens of roadside bombs and landmines left by the Taliban militants, the official said, adding: “More than 80 militants have been killed and several foreign fighters were among the killed rebels.”

The Taliban militant group, which ran over the district on Saturday, has yet to make comments.

The province, bordering Tajikistan, has been the scene of heavy fighting earlier this year as security forces have repelled militants, who tried to take control of several districts near the provincial capital Kunduz city.

(IANS)

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The Taliban Militant have urged people not to vote since they see this process as an outsider’s attempt to further control the country. Recently, A candidate of parliamentary elections, Omar Zwak was killed in a bombing attack. The Taliban has since claimed the responsibility of this and many other explosions.

These are the first parliamentary elections since 2010 in Afghanistan that has been half seized by the Taliban. The US-backed government is full of corruption and the citizens of the country do not expect a fair election.

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The results of the poll is expected to be released in mid-November.