At least 10 people were killed and several others were wounded in an explosion in the city of Kunduz on Saturday evening, targeting a gathering of security force members, including the provincial police chief.
The city came under attack by the Taliban from three directions at 1:30 am on Saturday. The Taliban reportedly captured some areas on the outskirts of the city, according to sources.
Security officials said the clashes are still ongoing on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Kunduz.
Interior Ministry in a statement says Sarwar Hussaini, Kunduz police spokesman, has been wounded in the blast. But members of Kunduz Provincial Council say the police spokesman lost his life in the attack.
The acting ministers of Defense and Interior – Assadullah Khalid and Massoud Andarabi – arrived in Kunduz on Saturday evening to lead the clearance operation against the Taliban.
Sources said that Kunduz Police Chief Manzoor Stanekzai was wounded in the explosion.
Taliban claimed the responsibility for the explosion and said it was a suicide blast.