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The National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced the arrest of 10 IS-K and Haqqani affiliated members in connection to an assassination attempt on Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president.
NDS stated, that 10 members belonging to IS-K and Haqqani were arrested in connection to the suicide attack on first Vice president Amrullah Saleh, and were planning to carry out attacks on other prominent figures in the country.
The terrorist affiliated members are detained in a series of complex operations.
Attack on the first VP on sept 9 left 10 people dead and 31 other wounded.
The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) says nearly 10,000 families across the country have been displaced in the past month.
MoRR in a statement on Saturday said that at least 9,916 families have been displaced across the country during the past month.
The ministry noted that humanitarian assistance have been provided to 7,592 displaced families in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
According to the ministry, of the total number of displaced families, 765 of them have returned to their own areas with the betterment of the security situation.
According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Refugees, the total number of IDPs since the beginning of the current solar year has reached 35,739 families.
From the 118 samples tested for Coronavirus in the past day, 10 were found to be positive, pushing the Afghan tally of confirmed cases to 39,703, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said.
The new cases were reported in the provinces of Kabul and Kandahar.
The MoPH said 6 people had recovered while one had succumbed to the virus in the past day.
The total number of recovered people reaches 33,045 with 1,469 deaths.
Sultan Dawood has officially started work in Herat as the new Police chief of the province.
During a press conference on Saturday, Mr. Dawood instructed Police forces to shoot at terrorists and armed robbers in any place to reduce the crime level in Herat.
The new police chief of Herat has assured the people of the province that he will take action at the earliest time to contain insecurity, armed robberies and kidnappings.
This comes as the resident of Herat province have expressed deep concern over the increase of insecurity, armed robberies in the province.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday confirmed to media outlets that nearly 800 thieves between the ages of 12 to 22 have been arrested in the capital, Kabul over the past month and a half; But Kabul residents are still complaining about the increase of insecurity.
Based on the reports, some of Kabul residents claim that the Police are incapable of arresting thieves and robbers and even they are involved in some cases.
However, MoI stresses that the police are working to reduce crime in the Kabul city and a national mobilization is needed to reduce crimes in the capital.
MoI officials say the process of arresting criminals is underway but the registration of a murder case causes people to ignore all the achievements of the police.
The Acting Foreign Minister, Haneef Atmar had separate introductory meetings with the incoming ambassadors of India, Rudrendra Tandon, the Sweden, Torkel Stiernlof, the Norway, ole Andreas Lindeman and none-resident ambassador of Switzerland, Benedict Cerjat at the Storai Palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said.
MoFA in a press release said that the Acting Foreign Minister welcomed the four countries’ ambassadors and wished them success in their new missions.
According to the press release, Haneef Atmar had separate meeting with the four ambassadors and exchanged views on the further expansion of relations between Afghanistan and the four countries.
“While declaring their support to the Afghan peace negotiations and democratic achievements, including women’s rights and human rights, in the two past decades in Afghanistan, the incoming ambassadors emphasized on further strengthening bilateral relations during their tenure,” the press release added.
Following the demolition of a school in Kandahar province, the Presidential Palace has called on the Taliban group to stop destroying schools and public facilities.
President’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqi in a tweet said that Taliban should stop destroying schools and public facilities.
“Afghanistan needs a well-educated generation, and the destruction of schools can be challenging for the education system,” Sediqi said.
This comes as Taliban militants have blown up a newly constructed school building by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in 2nd Camp area of Zerai district of Kandahar province on Thursday night.
At least five people were killed and nine others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Gereshk district of Helmand province, on Saturday morning, local officials said.
The spokesman of Helmand governor, Omar Zawak told Reporterly that the incident took place in Muhajer village of Greshk district and children, women are also among the killed and wounded.
Zawak further added that eight members of the Taliban group who were responsible for blowing up public facilities had been killed in clashes with security forces in the Greshk district.
An Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) infantry platoon has successfully completed its fourth month of service in Afghanistan, the EDF has announced.
The platoon, dubbed Estpla-25, is serving in NATO’s Operation Resolute Support, also known as Resolute Support Mission, in Kabul, the capital.
“While the COVID-19 situation in Kabul has affected both the rhythm of the Estonian platoon’s service and the tasks required of them, the last months have been quite eventful,” said platoon commander Lt Reigo Kullamaa.
The platoon held a video link up at the beginning of the week with EDF commander Maj. Gen. Martin Herem, giving him an overview of life, organization and activity there, which includes conducting security tasks in the city’s “Green Zone”, mission-specific training and day-to-day support in the mission’s base, as well as firing training and other drills.
The first meeting in Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-USA format was held in a video conference format on Oct 8, 2020.
According to the Afghan Foreign Ministry’s press release, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale took part in the trilateral talks.
During the meeting, the parties discussed a number of important issues in political, trade-economic and humanitarian spheres.
One of the main topics of the meeting was the advancement of intra-Afghan negotiations aimed at ending the long-term conflict and establishment of peace in the region. To this end, in accordance with the principles of the country’s neutrality, Turkmenistan is ready to provide its political space for the next rounds of intra-Afghan negotiations, Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in the statement.
The parties also considered the opportunities for the development of trade relations between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, the U.S. and the Central Asian region by increasing the efficiency of customs and other procedures in accordance with the existing U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).
The diplomats discussed the opportunities for joint implementation of infrastructural projects, including such energy projects as TAPI and TAP.
The opportunities for humanitarian collaboration were also considered, including the coordination of actions on countering the current pandemic and crises in the area of public healthcare.