Afghan officers: Taliban truck bomb, different assaults kill 17


Kabul, August 25

A wave of assaults throughout Afghanistan on Tuesday left no less than 17 individuals useless and scores extra wounded, officers mentioned, together with a Taliban truck bombing within the nation’s north that focused a commando base for Afghan forces.

The violence comes as expectations had been rising that negotiations might quickly get beneath means between the Afghan authorities and the insurgents as a part of a February settlement between the US and the Taliban.

The truck suicide bomber struck in northern Balkh province, killing three individuals, together with two Afghan commandos and a civilian, in accordance with Munir Ahmad Farhad, the spokesman for the provincial governor.

According to Hanif Rezaie, the spokesman for the Afghan military corps within the north, an preliminary army report mentioned no less than six commandos and round 35 civilians have been wounded in that explosion, which additionally destroyed or broken dozens of close by civilians’ homes.

Relatives react in entrance of a hospital, the place their member of the family has been transferred for therapy after a truck bomb blast in Balkh province, in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. REUTERS

“Most of the wounded civilians are women and children,” mentioned Rezaie.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed accountability for the Balkh assault in a tweet, claiming that “tens” of army personnel have been killed. The Taliban typically exaggerate their battlefield claims.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the assault in Balkh and mentioned the Taliban have elevated their assaults on main Afghan cities regardless of the February settlement. “The Taliban’s insistence on continuing war and violence is challenging peace opportunities,” he mentioned in a press release.

Ghani’s assertion mentioned the Taliban should cease combating and killing Afghans, settle for a cease-fire and begin direct talks with the Afghan authorities. “By committing crimes and violence, they can achieve nothing but hatred and disgust of the people,” he mentioned.

In a separate assault in Balkh, gunmen shot useless 5 individuals, together with former warlord Abdul Raouf, two of his sons — aged 10 and 11 — and two different males in a automobile within the Charkent district, mentioned Adil Shah Adil, spokesman for the provincial police chief.

No one instantly claimed accountability for the assault, however Adil mentioned the goal was Raouf and police are investigating.

Hospital staff switch injured individuals for therapy after a truck bomb blast in Balkh province, in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. REUTERS 

Afghan civilians proceed to bear the brunt of the battle throughout the nation regardless of the efforts to launch peace talks between the Kabul authorities and the Taliban and discover a highway map for post-war Afghanistan.

The talks have been envisaged beneath a US-Taliban peace settlement signed in February, however their begin has been hampered by a collection of delays which have pissed off Washington. Some had anticipated the negotiations to start earlier this month.

According to a UN report launched in July, 1,282 individuals have been killed in violence in Afghanistan within the first six months of 2020.

Also, on Tuesday, an assault on a checkpoint of pro-government forces in western Ghor province killed eight troops and wounded 5, mentioned Arif Aber, spokesman for the provincial governor. The assault in Shahrak district set off 5 hours of a gun battle.

No one instantly claimed accountability for that assault, however authorities blamed the Taliban, who’ve claimed quite a few previous assaults on safety checkpoints in Ghor.

In the capital of Kabul, a roadside bombing killed a police officer whereas a policewoman and her driver have been wounded when unknown attackers opened fireplace on them, mentioned Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief.

Policewoman Saba Saher can also be a widely known actress and she or he was mentioned to be in secure situation following the taking pictures.

No one claimed the assaults in Kabul however each the Taliban and the Islamic State group are energetic within the capital, although IS has claimed the majority of the assaults within the metropolis in latest months.

Separately, the Ministry of Defence launched a press release late on Monday, saying 91 Taliban fighters have been killed throughout an air and floor operation by Afghan military troops making an attempt to open the freeway between northern Kunduz to Khanabad districts.

The assertion mentioned 50 different Taliban have been wounded within the combating and that the freeway was later reopened for visitors.

The Taliban are at their strongest because the 2001 US-led invasion toppled their regime, which had harboured al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. The insurgents now management or maintain sway over about half of Afghanistan. AP



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