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Newsfeed: Saturday, April 20

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Four Civilians and Three Soldiers Among Those Killed in Attack on MoCIT

    Security officials reproted that 4 civilains and 3 soliders were killed in group attack of insurgents on Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in Kabul city on Saturday. Ministry of Interior said in a statement that in this attack eight others were also wounded.

    Meanwhile, according to Ministry of Interior, on Saturday, an explosion followed by attack took place near and in the building of ministry of communications and information technology. MoI reported that all attackers of MoICT were killed by security forces who evacuated many people as well.

    The ministry of interior spokesperson Nusrat Rahimi has said that all the buildings surrounding the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology had been evacuated.

    It was added that more than 1500 employees of MoCIT, some 300 of Ministry of Information and Culture, and 150 employees of Central Statistics Organisation were shifted to safe places.

    Taliban has denied its involvement in this attack.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Developing: All Buildings Surrounding MoCIT Evacuated

    The ministry of interior spokesperson Nusrat Rahimi has said that all the buildings surrounding the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology have been evacuated. However he added that the MoCIT has not been completely evacuated but the trapped employees are safe.

    It was added that more than 1500 employees of MoCIT, some 300 of Ministry of Information and Culture, and 150 employees of Central Statistics Organisation were shifted to safe places.

    As per MoPH, six people have been wounded, out of which three were women.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Six Wounded in Kabul City Attack

    Wahid Mayar, spokesperson of MoPH said that at least six persons have been wounded in the attack on MoCIT. MoI spokesperson Nusrat Rahimi said that two of the three attackers were killed by security forces.

    On Saturday, an explosion followed by attack took place near and in the building of ministry of communications and information technology. The security forces were engaged in the attack, and cordoned the area.

    More details to follow

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Developing: MoI Confirms Three Attackers Being Engaged in Gunfire by Security Forces

    A Ministry of Interior statement says that three attackers are engaged in gunfire with the security forces.

    MoI doesn’t confirm that the attackers have entered the MoCIT vacinty or building.

    The statement also said that security forces have cordoned the area.

    On Saturday, explosion was heard in front of the ministry of communications and information technology. Media sourced footage shows security forces and ambulances have arrived at the attack scene near the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in the center of Kabul and attackers having entered the MoCIT building.

     

    It also shows that people are being evacuated from buildings around the attack scene in the center of Kabul.

    No further details yet.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Explosion in Front of MoCIT in Kabul City

    It has been reported that the explosion that took place in Kabul city was in front of the ministry of communication and information technology.

    Nasrat Rahimi, the spokesman for ministry of interior has confirmed the exploision saying that firing is heard from the area.

    More details to follow.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Breaking: Explosion in Kabul City

    It has been reported that an explosion was heard in Kabul city on Saturday.

    No details or confirmation has been provided yet.

    More details to follow

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Security Threats in Sar-e Pol Province Continue, Local Authorities Report Killing of a Couple

    Local officials reported the continuation of security threats in different parts of Sar-e Pol province.

    Speaking to Reporterly, Zabihullah Amani spokesman of Sar-e Pol governor said that, with increase of security threats, number of security forces have also risen in Sar-e Pol and they expect that additional troops should deployed in the province in near future.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Amani clarified that on Thursday night a couple was shot by armed individuals in the area of Ozan Saqaal of Gosfandi district.

    “The identity of these individuals and the nature of the shooting of this couple is still unknown,” Mr. Amani said. Meanwhile, 209 Shaheen Corps said that the Taliban killed the husband and wife in Ozan Saqaal area of Gosfandi district.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Afghanistan Shows Interest to Issue Bitcoin Bonds

    Afghanistan has expressed desires to issue Bitcoin bonds at the annual Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), held in Washington, D.C. on April 14-18.

    According to Asia Times, Governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan Khail Sediq said Afghanistan was keen in issuing a sovereign crypto bond that uses blockchain technology as an instrument to raise some US$5.8 billion in needed private-sector investment for the country’s critical mining, energy and agriculture sectors.

    Sediq said a crypto issuance could open new ways to access international markets through the hyperledger’s blockchain technology financial services platform.

    He added that Bitcoin could be coupled with Afghanistan’s lithium, a high-demanded mineral in the market but in short-supply. Afghanistan is set to become one of the world’s largest miners of lithium.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    UNAMA Hosts Discussion with 20 Women Representative on Social Media’s Power

    UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) hosted a discussion with 20 women representatives of civil society, local media, provincial council members, teachers and university students active on social media in Kandahar.

    The participants agreed that social media campaigns and platforms are important means of advocacy for women to play their role in peace process.

    Balancing the pros with the cons -such as risks of harassment from trolls and others- they created a closed social media group dedicated to empowering women.

    The virtual group’s members in Kandahar plan to involve women from Nimroz, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan in the future. The initiative envisages women not only sharing views and ideas on the current affairs, with focus on the ongoing peace talks, but also helping build a strong network among women in the Southern region.

    The role of women in peace and security was highlighted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, during a visit to Helmand province earlier this month.

    Yamamoto said, “Women’s participation in peace and security efforts contributes to more effective responses to complex situations. Women play a critical role in preventing conflict and sustaining peace. Building and sustaining peace needs women’s voices and leadership. Many studies show that when women are included in peace processes, peace agreements are more likely to be more durable.

    There are different models of women’s inclusion and participation in peace processes. These range from direct representation, consultative mechanisms, commissions and high-level problem-solving workshops, to public decision-making.

    Furthermore, a peace process is more likely to be successful and lasting when a combination of modes of inclusion are introduced throughout the process. As the Governor stated, “there is a strong need for the peace process to be sustainable. It is therefore important that we focus on women’s role in the peace process. Women’s participation is very important for the sustainability of peace.”

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Moscow Might Host US-Russia-China Tripartite Consultation on Afghanistan

    On April 25, Moscow might be hosting meeting of representatives of Russia, the United States and China on Afghanistan. RIA Novosti news agency claims that Special Representative of Russian President for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov confirmed that US Special Representative Khalilzad will attend the tripartite meeting as well.

    The talks will discuss a settlement in the Islamic Republic against the backdrop of the Taliban’s spring offensive on the positions of government forces.

    The Russian Ambassador in Kabul, Alexander Mantytsky, told Russia Today in an exclusive interview how the intra-Afghan dialogue is progressing. According to him, it is too early to talk about a significant breakthrough.

    In addition, the diplomat noted that over the 18 years of the presence of the US contingent in the country, the “Americans have failed to normalize the situation”.

    Mantitsky also stressed that the Islamic State grouping strengthens its position in Afghanistan, and efforts to combat opiate producers do not yield significant results.

  • 20 Apr 2019 Share this post

    US Acting Secretary of Defense Meets US Envoy Khalilzad in Pentagon to Discuss Afghan Peace Talks

    Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and wrote on Twitter: “Always great to see Ambassador Khalilzad, here in the Pentagon to discuss the ongoing talks for a lasting peace.”

    Shanahan said that they continue to work together to set the conditions for a political settlement that will end the war in Afghanistan.

    He added that US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Ambassador Khalilzad are aligned on a way forward
    to achieve the objectives of US President Trump’s South Asia Strategy.