Afghan army trying to recapture key northern city


Afghan troops launched an offensive Tuesday to recapture the key northern city of Kunduz, which fell to Taliban insurgents a day before, a police official said.

“Reinforcements have been deployed to the city,” regional police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said. “We have re-taken the provincial police department and provincial prison,” he said.

Hussaini did not give further details or casualty figures.

The rebels took the city in a single day with a coordinated attack Monday. It was the first provincial capital that the insurgents have managed to capture, 14 years after being ousted from power by a US invasion.