The Afghan special force units launched clearance operations in the city of Pul-e-Khumri, the center of Baghlan Province, on Tuesday night, hours after they arrived in the northern city which is under Taliban attack for the past four days.
Local officials said the special forces units are supported by the Air Force.
Sources said that “there is no significant progress” in their operations as the roads connecting to the city are closed for the past four days.
Some Baghlan residents have taken up arms to support the local forces in the fight against the Taliban, sources said.
On Tuesday, the Taliban torched four security check posts in the city, sources said.
Hundreds of passengers are stranded on the two sides of the city which connects Kabul with Baghlan and Baghlan with Balkh and Kunduz provinces in the north and northeastern Afghanistan.
The Taliban were prevented to enter the city and were pushed back from Band-e-Do area on the outskirts of the city.
The main highway which connects Kabul with northern provinces passes through Pul-e-Khumri but it is closed to traffic due to the clashes over the past four days.