Deadly clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban in and around the southern city of Kandahar have continued into a second day. This was reported by Radio Liberty.
The Afghan military said on July 10 that dozens of insurgents have been killed in fighting in Kandahar's Seventh Police District and the provincial capital's surrounding Dand district.
"Joint security forces in support of the Afghan Air Force have conducted operations in the last 24 hours," an Afghan National Army spokesman told Radio Azadi on July 10. "As a result of these operations, 70 Taliban were killed and eight others were wounded."
Security officials have not provided any information on casualties among Afghan forces in the city, a former Taliban stronghold.
Civilians casualties have also been reported, with Kandahar's Mirwais Hospital saying it had been swamped with arriving wounded.
Out of 57 injured received by the hospital, director Mohammad Daud Farhad told Radio Azadi, 41 were civilians. Farhad said 11 dead had also been sent to the hospital, seven of whom where insurgents and the rest civilians and Afghan military personnel.
"I was preparing for the evening prayer when the mortar came," a civilian named Musa Jan told Radio Azadi at the hospital. "The women and children cried over me, and then people brought me to the hospital."
The Kandahar Department of Refugees said that about 2,000 families from Mir Bazaar and Mirwais Mina in the Seventh District of Kandahar have been displaced and forced to take refuge in other parts of the city.