Some areas on the outskirts of the city of Pul-e-Khumri in northern Afghanistan witnessed heavy clashes between government forces and the Taliban three days after the militants’ attack.
Special units of the Afghan forces arrived in the city on Monday evening but the city is paralyzed and all roads connecting to the city are closed.
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 residents said that two mortars hit a house in the PD1 of Pul-e-Khumri city in which two children were wounded.
“We are worried that why the government is not focusing more to this city,” said Zelgai, a Pul-e-Khumri resident.
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 three days.
Local investors said that the closure of the highway has affected their business.
“We reached Dand-e-Ghori area, but we were not allowed by the Taliban to cross the area,” said Sayed Omar, an investor.