Avoid civilian casualties in Kundoz fighting: Ashraf Ghani

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KABUL: As fighting intensifies in the capital city of northern Kundoz province, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani advises security forces to avoid civilian casualties.
While talking to a joint press conference in Kabul on the afternoon of Tuesday, President Ghani said “I advise all security organs to consider civilians as a first priority.”
President Ghani said that security forces are advancing on Taliban held areas in Kundoz city, adding that all three security organs have good cooperation.
President Ghani said he had told security forces in advance that this would be a tough year for them which they passed successfully.
He said that the enemy had planned to collapse the government but security forces foiled their plans.
President Ghani urged the nation to have confidence on security forces and said that besides all problems we will move forward.
President Ghani reiterated that war has been imposed on Afghans through a person ‘Mullah Omar’ who has died more than two years ago.
Regarding the jailbreak in which reports suggest that Taliban released all prisoners, Nabil said that 600 inmates were held in that jail including 110 Taliban.
Rahmatullah Nabil, director of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that there was prior knowledge of a possible attack on Kundoz, adding that high profile prisoners were already moved to Pul-i-Charkhi jail in Kabul.
Masoum Stanikzai, the acting Defense Minister told reporters at the press conference that Taliban advancement in Kundoz was not based on a deal. He said that negligence in duties have taken place.
Noorulhaq Olomi, the Interior Minister said that additional forces have arrived in Kundoz to drive out Taliban from the city.

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