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Taliban accused of 'grave' violations in Kunduz, Afghanistan

The Taliban committed grave violations during their brief occupation of a key northern Afghan city this month, Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission said.

Crimes committed by the insurgents after they seized control of Kunduz on September 28 included targeted and arbitrary killings, rape, using residents as human shields and hostage-taking, the commission said in a report.

The insurgents also looted government offices, media outlets, police stations and compounds of non-government organisations including the United Nations, the report said.

The AIHRC says 100,000 Kunduz residents fled their homes due to the Taliban offensive. Many have not returned.

Afghan authorities say they are now largely in control of Kunduz after pushing the insurgents back. They say life is returning to normal with roads open, enabling deliveries of food and medicine.

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