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Afghan official: Calm returns in Kunduz as Army tanks enter main square

  • Joanne Liu, President of Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, International, speaks during a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Joanne Liu, President of Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, International, speaks during a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joanne Liu, President of Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, International, speaks during a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Joanne Liu, President of Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, International, speaks during a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Francoise Saulnier, Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, lead counsel, Joanne Liu, President of MSF International, and Bruno Jochum, Director General of MSF Switzerland, from left to right, attend a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Francoise Saulnier, Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, lead counsel, Joanne Liu, President of MSF International, and Bruno Jochum, Director General of MSF Switzerland, from left to right, attend a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.