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Taliban Members Killed in Kunduz

November 26, 2001

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) _ Anti-Taliban forces laid savage claim to the captured city of Kunduz on Monday, beating captured Taliban in the streets and shooting wounded prisoners in the grimy town’s marketplace. The opposition reported scores of Taliban dead.

Frightened members of the city’s Tajik minority began venturing back out onto city streets after the two week siege, liberated from what they saw as five years of oppressive Taliban rule.

``We are free,″ said Taj Mohammed, a gray-bearded old man in the flowing green robes of ethnic Tajik men, pressing his hands to his heart.

Despite an alliance claim late Sunday to have captured the city _ the last northern stronghold of the Taliban _ fierce firefights broke out when the main contingent of opposition forces pushed into Kunduz at daybreak Monday.

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