Taliban say pulling back from center of Kunduz but can return

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 13, 2015 7:49 AM

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said they were withdrawing from the center of the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday in order to protect civilians.

The Taliban have mounted a wave of attacks in the capital Kabul and beyond, culminating in the seizure of Kunduz in a carefully orchestrated offensive.

"We assure our people and the world that we are able to seize the city," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

Kunduz police chief Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh said the city center had been cleared and people who had fled were starting to return.

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(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Nick Macfie)