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Afghan official: Army tanks, national flag in Kunduz main square, calm returns


KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says government troops have regained control of the main square in Kunduz, a strategic northern city briefly seized by Taliban insurgents last week.

Sarwar Hussaini, the spokesman for the provincial police chief, said Tuesday the flag is flying over the main square, shops have re-opened and life is returning to "normal."

He says main roads running east and south have opened and traffic is starting to flow. The security situation remains fluid, however, with fighting on the outskirts of the city in recent days.

Taliban fighters seized control for three days before government troops launched a counteroffensive Thursday.

Bilal Ahmad, a grocer, says he hesitated to open his shop Wednesday because of the tenuous situation. He says tanks have moved into the main square.

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