Newsfeed; Sunday, December 20 2020

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Afghan Government Dissolved State Ministry for Human Rights

    The Minister of the State Ministry for Human Rights Affairs, Dr. Sima Samar on Sunday said that the government has dissolved the ministry.

    Dr. Sima Samar stated that no consultation was made with her about dissolving the ministry.

    She expressed ignorance about the reason of government’s decision over dissolving the Ministry.

    Previously, Sima Samar worked as the head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Police Arrested MP’s Son with Unlicensed Armored Vehicle, Rifle

    Kabul police have arrested the son of Afghan Parliament Member Allah Gul Mujahid with an armored vehicle without a number plate and an unlicensed Kalashnikov assault rifle.

    Ajmal Ahmadzai, Police chief of Kabul’s PD12, said on Sunday the MP’s son and his security guard were arrested on Saturday when they opened fire on police during a search.

    He said police searched the detainees’ documents and asked them to remove their vehicle’s tinted glasses. In response, they allegedly fired at the policemen — an act that led to their arrest.

    He further added that there were three people in the vehicle, but one managed to escape. The detainees were handed over to the Kabul Police Investigation Department.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Afghan Delegation Due in Azerbaijan Today

    A delegation, led by National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, is scheduled to arrive in Baku on a three-day visit on December 20.

    The Embassy of Afghanistan in Azerbaijan said the objective the trip was to exchange views on the current level of bilateral political and economic relations.

    Trend quoted a statement from the embassy as saying that the two sides would confer on cooperation in the field of security.

    The team, including the chief of staff to the president, Mohammed Shakir Kargar, will meet senior officials in Baku.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Ministry of Health Reports 141 New Cases of COVID-19

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 141 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1,431 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

    The ministry also reported 56 deaths and 359 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

    The cumulative number of total cases is now 50,677 the number of total reported deaths is 2,074 and the total number of recoveries is 39,158.

    The new cases were reported in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Paktia, Bamyan, Ghazni, Parwan, Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar, Khost, Zabul, Paktika, Jowzjan and Sar-ePul provinces.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Series of Explosions Target Afghanistan’s Provinces

    On Sunday, multiple explosions targeted several provinces of Afghanistan which include Kabul, Nangarhar, Helmand, Logar and Badakhshan.

    In Kabul, at least nine people were killed and 20 more including a Parliament Member Khan Muhammad Wardak were wounded in a an explosion which targeted the vehicle of MP Wardak in PD5 at around 09:50am, the Minister of Interior Masoud Andarabi said.

    Minister Andarabi emphasized that the current figures are not the final one and it may change later.

    The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said, “Today, terrorists carried out a terrorist attack in PD5 of Kabul. Children, women and the elderly are among the injured in this incident, and the houses around the incident have been severely damaged.”

    Explosions in Other Provinces

    In the meantime, the Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province, Pul-e Alam in Logar province, Helmand and Badakhshan provinces have also witnessed the horrifying blasts.

    The spokesman of Badakhshan Police says at least one killed and two more were wounded in an explosion which took place in Baharak district of the province this morning. However the nature of blast is not clear.

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) also said in a statement that two Afghan soldiers were wounded in car bomb blast near an army base in Nawa district of Helmand province.

    In Jalalabad city of Nangarhar, one Policeman was killed and two more were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in PD1 of the city this morning.

    At least one civilian was also wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Pul-e Alam city of Logar province today.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Policeman Killed in Nangarhar Roadside Bomb Blast

    At least one Policeman was killed and two more were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province on Sunday morning, local officials said.

    The spokesman of Nangarhar governor, Attaullah Khogyani in a statement said that the incident happened in PD1 of Jalalabad when a vehicle of the Policemen hit a roadside bomb.

    This comes as Kabul and Helmand provinces also witnessed two explosions on early Sunday.

    No specific group has immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts so far.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Two Afghan Soldiers Wounded in A Car Bomb Blast Near Army Base in Helmand

    At least two Afghan soldiers were wounded in a car bomb explosion in Nawa district of Helmand province on Sunday morning, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

    A suicide attacker wanted to target an army base in Momen Khan area of Nawa district by an explosive-laden car, but the vehicle was identified by security forces and was stopped before reaching its target, MoD said in a statement.

    According to the statement, two soldier were superficially injured in the incident.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Afghan MP Survives Car Explosion

    A blast happened in Kabul city at around 09:50am on Sunday morning, Kabul police confirmed.

    The explosion took place in Spin Kalay square in PD5 of the Kabul city.

    Local media reported that the blast targeted the vehicle of Haji Khan Mohammad Wardak, a member of parliament from Kabul.

    The lawmaker Wardak was wounded, but several of his guards killed or injured in the blast, media quoted as their sources.

    A developing story.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Shooting Attack in Paktia Killed Three: Local Officials

    At least three people including two men and a woman were killed in a shooting attack in Paktia province on Saturday evening, local officials said.

    The spokesman of Paktia Police, Hayatullah Nizami said a Corolla type vehicle collided with a Todi type vehicle in a traffic accident in Mahlen area of Gardiz city on Saturday evening.

    According to Nizami, the passengers of Todi vehicle who were fully armed opened fire on the Corolla car and shot killed two men and a woman.

    He added that investigations are underway regarding the incident to identify the prepatrators.

  • 20 Dec 2020 Share this post

    Afghanistan, Czech & Slovakia Establish a Joint Chamber of Commerce

    Afghan Ambassador to Czech Republic Shahzad Aryubi said a joint chamber of commerce has been established with Czech and Slovakia republics.

    This is part of the Afghan government’s efforts to strengthen economic ties with other countries, said Aryubi in phone interview with Radio Liberty.

    He added that the Chamber of Commerce will help remove barriers to trade with the two Eastern European countries.

    “Our aim is to bolster ties with these two countries. The Czech Republic government has warmly welcomed this effort and is willing to bring relations with Afghanistan to the level it existed in the past,” Radio Liberty quotes Aryubi.

    According to Aryubi, Czech and Slovakia are interested in finding markets for Afghan carpets, dry and fresh fruits, minerals and other Afghan products.