The Taliban has launched a coordinated assault on the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan, attacking from four directions and entering the city itself, a senior city police official told the Reuters news agency.

Sheer Ali Kamal, commander of the 808 Tandar police zone in Kunduz, said on Monday that the attack began at around midnight (1930 GMT Sunday) and fighting was still going on in and around the city.

“We are putting all our efforts together to push them back,” he said.

Military helicopters were flying overhead and gunfire could be heard in the city.

A correspondent from the AFP news agency also confirmed the fighting.

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Kunduz, which fell briefly to the Taliban a year ago, has seen repeated bouts of heavy fighting and was previously seriously threatened in April, July and August.

“A massive operation started on Kunduz capital from four directions early this morning,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in his official Twitter account.

He said the Nawabad area with four checkpoints had been captured and a number of soldiers had been killed. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim.

A Reuters journalist saw at least five Taliban fighters armed with AK-47 assault rifles, machines guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the city.

The attack comes as the Taliban have stepped up operations in different parts of Afghanistan, including the strategic southern province of Helmand, where they have been threatening the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.

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The fall of Kunduz last year was one of the most serious blows suffered by the Western-backed government in Kabul since the withdrawal of most international troops at the end of 2014.

A Taliban raid on Tarin Kot, the provincial capital of Uruzgan in the south, on September 8 also sparked fears of another collapse like that in Kunduz last year.

Monday’s attack, a day before the start of a major donor conference in Brussels, underlines the precarious security situation in Afghanistan, where government forces are estimated to have control over no more than two thirds of the country.

Afghanistan’s international partners are due to start the two-day conference in Brusells, where they are expected to approve maintaining billions of dollars in funding for the government over the next four years.

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Afghanistan’s Kunduz city witnessed coordinated assault by terror outfit, Taliban. The Taliban fighters entered the city and attacked from four directions,

Kunduz, Octo 3: Afghanistan’s Kunduz city witnessed coordinated assault by terror outfit, Taliban. The Taliban fighters entered the city and attacked from four directions and later engaged in battles with Afghan forces. The Kunduz city was taken by the armed group a year ago and has seen repeated bouts of heavy fighting from Taliban. A Reuter’s reporter claimed that he saw at least five Taliban fighters armed with AK-47 assault rifles, machines guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the city.

As per Police officials, the attack began in the early hours at the southern and eastern approaches to the city where the Islamist militants were engaged in battles with government forces. Sheer Ali Kamal, commander of the 808 Tandar police zone in Kunduz said the attack began at around midnight (1930 GMT Sunday) and fighting was still going on in and around the city. “We are putting all our efforts together to push them back,” he said.

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