Taliban militants and security forces clashed following a Taliban attack on Kunduz city on Tuesday, May 19, resulting in 48 deaths. According to media sources, at approximately 01:30 (local time) Taliban militants launched attacks on the city from several different directions. The militants clashed with security forces in the city, sparking several hours of fighting. The Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that security forces repelled the attack, leaving at least 40 Taliban militants dead and 50 others wounded. At least eight Afghan security personnel were killed and several others wounded in the incident.
In a separate incident, at least two people were killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the Kohna Faroshi area of Kunduz city later in the day on Tuesday. A police officer and a civilian were reportedly killed, and 18 other civilians were wounded in the incident. No group immediately claimed responsibility.
Similar militant attacks and clashes between militants and security forces are possible in Kunduz province over the near term.
Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.
Individuals in Kunduz province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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