Figures indicate that 29 civilians have been killed in the last seven days of clashes in the northern province of Kunduz, local officials said as security forces are making progress on multiple fronts in the past three days.
Officials said that 225 more civilians were wounded in the clashes in the province during a week.
The security forces retook the control of two districts on Saturday and six districts on Friday. They have expanded their operations on various fronts, supported by public uprising forces.
But sources said that centers of four districts fell to the Taliban in the last 24 hours: Siahgerd and Shinwari districts in Parwan, Ghorak district in Kandahar, and Mizan district in Zabul.
“A mortar shell hit our home. My father was martyred,” said Talib, a Kunduz resident.
“Children and women are among the victims. 95% of the casualties are civilians,” said Ehsanullah Fazli, the head of the Kunduz public health directorate.
“The Afghan defense and security agencies have always been successful in providing security to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the people who have been in the leadership have acted politically and with nepotism,” said Sayed Hassan Paktiawal, an MP.
The Defense Ministry said that 225 Taliban were killed in 10 provinces in the last 24 hours. Taliban has not confirmed the figures.
“In other regions too, our brave security and defense forces are fighting the enemy with full force. Heavy casualty has been inflicted to the enemy over the past 48 hours,” Defense Ministry spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said.
At least 100 districts have either fallen to militants or have been contested between the two sides over the last two months.
“They should listen to the residents of Ghorband district (in Parwan). They should not allow Ghorband to be sacrificed for conspiracy or a human tragedy that is out of the ability of the people,” said Wais Farhadi, a resident of Parwan.
“When a district falls, efforts should be made to retake it so that civilians are not harmed,” said Jalil, a Parwan resident.
The Defense Ministry reported airstrikes, including Parwan, in three provinces in the last 24 hours.
“Airstrikes were carried out last night. At least 20 Taliban fighters were either killed or wounded,” Parwan governor Fazluddin Ayar said.