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Afghan officials report Taliban attacks, uptick in violence

  • FILE - In this April 16, 2016 file photo, an Afghan National Army soldier, left, shouts against the Taliban, after firing a rocket towards Taliban positions, on the outskirts of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. The Taliban launched multiple attacks in Afghanistan, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, including on a strategic tunnel in the Hindu Kush mountains that links the capital, Kabul, with the country's north and south, officials said. (AP Photo/Najim Rahim, File)

    FILE - In this April 16, 2016 file photo, an Afghan National Army soldier, left, shouts against the Taliban, after firing a rocket towards Taliban positions, on the outskirts of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. The Taliban launched multiple attacks in Afghanistan, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, including on a strategic tunnel in the Hindu Kush mountains that links the capital, Kabul, with the country's north and south, officials said. (AP Photo/Najim Rahim, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, a Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag on a street in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The Taliban launched multiple attacks in Afghanistan, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, including on a strategic tunnel in the Hindu Kush mountains that links the capital, Kabul, with the country's north and south, officials said. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, a Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag on a street in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The Taliban launched multiple attacks in Afghanistan, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, including on a strategic tunnel in the Hindu Kush mountains that links the capital, Kabul, with the country's north and south, officials said. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Afghan officials say the Taliban have launched attacks on multiple fronts in the country, including a strategic tunnel in the Hindu Kush mountains.

Tuesday's attacks are the first uptick in violence since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ended in early July. Violence typically takes a downturn during Ramadan's dawn-to-dusk fasting.

Police commander Nabi Ghichi says attacks are underway in northern Kunduz province's Qalay-i-Zal district, where his men are outnumbered.

In southern Helmand province, Maiwand Zazay, spokesman for the 215 Army Corps says the Taliban attacked Sangin district but were repelled with airstrikes.

Police commander Mohammad Ayaz says the Salang Pass tunnel in the Hindu Kush, between Parwan and Baghlan provinces, was also attacked.

The Soviet-era 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) -long tunnel links the country's north and south.