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Four back-to-back explosions have been reported in Jalalabad City of Nangarhar province, as confirmed by local officials to media sources.
Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said that two civilians injured as a result of explosives placed at the side of a road in PD1 of the City.
More details to follow.
It has been reported that multiple blasts occurred in Jalalabad city on Saturday.
Moreover, a blast occurred in Kabul city as well.
More details to follow.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says that they have asked air forces and international partners to be more precise in conducting air operations to reduce the causalities of civilians.
“We have been severely affected by the incident, and we hope that such incidents and events should be prevented in the future,” said Chief Executive Office on Saturday in response to air strike of foreign forces in Helmand province which left many Afghan police personnel killed.
The statement added that, Afghan security forces and Resolute Support Mission are directed to investigate the reasons of the incident.
17 policemen, including Colonel Gran Habib, Commander of 601 Highway, were killed in an airstrike carried out “mistakenly by the Resolute Support forces” in Nahr-e-Saraj district in Helmand province, as per reports.
Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has confirmed the airstrike carried out by international forces saying that more precision will be taken in the future.
The Acting speaker of lower house declared Mir Rahman Rahmani as the winner of speaker election. Newly elected MPs of the lower House of Parliament on Saturday started the process of electing the house speaker.
The main contenders for the position were Mir Rahman Rahmani and Kamal Nasir Osuli. However neither of the two candidates, Rahmani and Osuli, succeeded in getting the required number of votes as as they got 123 and 55 votes respectively. A total 124 votes were needed for the post.
The National Security Council in a statement confirmed that several policemen, including Colonel Gran Habib, Commander of 601 Highway, were killed in an airstrike.
The airstrike was carried out “mistakenly by the Resolute Support forces” in Nahr-e-Saraj district in Helmand, as per the NSC statement.
The airstrikes in Afghanistan killed as many as 18 Afghan police officers late Thursday during heavy ground fighting with Taliban forces near the capital of Helmand province.
U.S. military officials told The Washington Post that the airstrikes, in what they described as a “tragic accident,” killed members of the Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters, but they did not say how many from each side died.
A spokesman for the U.S. military advisory mission here, Lt. Col. Dave Butler, said in a statement that Afghan security officials requested “precision air support” during heavy fighting and that U.S. military personnel had worked with Afghan coordinators. The coordinators “confirmed that the areas were clear of friendly forces,” he said. “Unfortunately, they were not, and a tragic accident resulted.”
U.S. officials are “examining the miscommunication to ensure it is not repeated,” Butler said. “We regret this tragic loss of life of our partners.”
Spokesperson of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, released a statement in response to a question regarding the sabotage attack on commercial ships in the Gulf of Oman and attacks on oil Pipelines in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Aksoy said that they follow with concern the reports regarding the act of sabotage perpetrated against four commercial ships in the Gulf of Oman on 12 May 2019.
“In this context, we would like to emphasize once again the importance we attach to the security of the Gulf region and maritime safety in the region”.
On a separate note, the ministry condemned the attack of the Houthi militias in Yemen on 14 May 2019 against two oil pumping facilities in the Yanbu port of Saudi Arabia by drones.
“We call for avoiding any provocative steps that would undermine the security and stability of the region” the statement ended.
Newly elected MPs of the lower House of Parliament on Saturday started the process of electing the house speaker.
The main contenders for the position were Mir Rahman Rahmani and Kamal Nasir Osuli.
However neither of the two candidates succeeded in getting the position as the Wolesi Jirga speaker as they got 123 and 55 votes respectively. A total 124 votes were needed for the post.
Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani announced on Twitter that he met with his Japanese counterpart Kono Taro.
The two discussed various projects and initiatives of JICA in Afghanistan and also talked about Afghan-led peace efforts.
On Friday, Rabbani met with EU’s foreign and security policy service DSG Pedro Serrano and discussed various aspects of the strong partnership between Afghanistan & the EU, including support for an Afghan-led peace process.
“We greatly value the EU’s many contributions &resolute support for security& stability in Afghanistan”, Rabbani tweeted on Friday.
Security officials have reported the arrest of head of Taliban Military Commission in Herat.
This official of the insurgent group was wounded following a clash with Herat police forces and subsequently arrested by Herat police forces, said Ministry of Interior spokesman Nusrat Rahimi.
According to Rahimi, the arrested individual is by the name Saddam who has been involved in killing of more than 30 security forces personnel in Herat city.
16 individuals were killed and wounded in Oba district of Herat province, as per local officials.
Jailani Farhad, spokesperson of Herat province told Reporterly on Saturday that the explosion which was caused by IED attached to a motorcycle left two people including a child killed and 14 others were wounded.
This explosion occurred in Bazar of Obe district of Herat province, Farhad added.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation expressed on Twitter that when it comes to Afghanistan, a peace process that delivers political settlement is US’s priority, but that doesn’t mean Afghans cannot demand for credible presidential elections.
“In recent days, a few commentators have raised questions about our priorities in Afghanistan. A peace process that delivers a political settlement is THE priority. Afghans want peace above all else”, Khalilzad tweeted.
He added that wanting peace does not “preclude Afghans from demanding preparations for a credible presidential election”.
Khalilzad said that election planning in Afghanistan must go forward as they pursue the peace Afghans deserve.