Taliban truck bomb, different assaults kill 12: Afghan officers


Kabul, August 25

A wave of assaults throughout Afghanistan on Tuesday left no less than 12 lifeless and wounded scores, officers mentioned, together with a Taliban truck bombing within the nation’s north that focused a commando base of Afghan forces.

The violence comes as expectations had been rising that negotiations might quickly get underway between the Afghan authorities and the insurgents.

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, 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.

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

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

Afghan civilians proceed to bear the brunt of the warfare throughout the nation, regardless of efforts to launch peace talks between the Kabul authorities and the Taliban, and discover a street map for post-war Afghanistan. The talks have been envisaged below a US-Taliban peace settlement signed in February, however their begin has been hampered by a sequence 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 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 gun battle.

No one instantly claimed duty 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.

The policewoman, Saba Saher, can also be a well known actress, and he or she was mentioned to be in steady 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 Defense launched an announcement late on Monday, saying 91 Taliban fighters have been killed throughout an air and floor operation by Afghan military troops attempting 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 site visitors.

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



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