Monday, 17 June, 2019

Afghan president denounces deadly Kabul attack

An injured boy rides in an ambulance on the Ghazni highway in Maidan Shar west of Kabul Afghanistan Monday Aug. 13 2018 An injured boy rides in an ambulance on the Ghazni highway in Maidan Shar west of Kabul Afghanistan Monday Aug. 13 2018
Deanna Wagner | 15 August, 2018, 19:47

It was the most serious insurgent attack on an urban area since 2015.

Abdul Hai Nemati, the governor of Baghlan, said at least nine security forces were still missing and four others were wounded in the attack.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was providing dressing packages and oral and intravenous medicine to treat the wounded, along with electricity generators and fresh water for about 18,000 people.

At least 25 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in a minority Shiite area of western Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan's war-weary capital. "What we observed, as these Afghan-led operations drove a large portion of Taliban from the city over the last day or so, was the retreating Taliban attacking the more vulnerable surrounding districts, which Afghan forces are reinforcing".

Nasart Rahimi, a deputy spokesman at the Interior Ministry, said security forces were searching every inch of Ghazni on Tuesday for remaining Taliban fighters.

Afghanistan has been reeling from a recent upsurge in militant violence, including a massive, days-long Taliban onslaught on the eastern city of Ghazni. He said reinforcements have been dispatched to help recapture the checkpoints.

The Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers while Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush them out of the city's outskirts, officials said.

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Speaking to reporters in Kabul almost two weeks ago, Chakhansuri further added that signs of interests are seen on all sides, the government and Taliban, to declare another ceasefire during the upcoming.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Zabul province early Wednesday, killing four police, according to the provincial police chief, Mustafa Mayar, who said another three officers were wounded.

Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman Qari Yosuf Ahmadi has tweeted that the military base in Chilgazi area of the district was taken over by the militant group. He said 43 troops were killed and wounded in the attack but didn't give a breakdown.

Afghan security forces, beset by killings, desertions and low morale, have taken staggering losses since US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces pulled out at the end of 2014. The assault on Ghazni was widely seen as a show of force ahead of possible peace talks with the USA, which has been at war in Afghanistan for almost 17 years.

An Afghan official says six children were killed when they tinkered with an unexploded rocket shell, causing it to blow up.

Afghanistan is littered with unexploded ordnance left by decades of war.

He blamed insurgents, saying the rockets they fire at Afghan security forces often harm civilians. It is also plagued by roadside bombs planted by insurgents, which are usually intended for government officials or security forces, but often kill and maim civilians.