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Afghan forces battle Taliban in key city for third day

AP  |  Kabul 

An Afghan says security forces are battling the for the third straight day after the insurgents' massive attack into the key city of

The pushed into the city, the capital of province, from different directions on Friday and destroyed a telecommunication tower, cutting off landline and

Gen. Sharif Yaftali, army chief of staff, says all strategic and government offices in are still under government control.

He said on Sunday that fighting is still underway as the are hiding in residential areas and in civilian homes.

Yafteli pledged Ghazni would be cleared in a couple of days and the highway between and the city reopened.

Taliban claims of capturing parts of Ghazni, taking Afghan forces captive, couldn't be independently verified.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 17:35 IST