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Security officials said that they seized a large amount of explosives from Kabul city.
Kabul Police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz said on Monday that counter-terrorism police personnel of Afghan Ministry of Interior discovered and seized nearly 1000 kilograms of explosive materials from PD9 of Kabul city.
Faramarz added that the material is called RDX-HMS which has high destructive power. He said that this explosive material was placed inside plastic bags.
Several individuals have been detained in connection with the explosives and further investigations are underway, according to Faramarz.
Security forces reported that, an advisor to the Chief Executive Office was assassinated in Kunduz province.
Inamuddin Rahmani spokesperson of Kunduz Police Command told Reporterly on Monday that Noor Mohammad Arab, an advisor to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was assassinated close to his residence by unidentified gunmen.
Rahmani added that a relative of Mr. Arab was also injured. According to spokesperson of Kunduz Police Command, the gunmen managed to escape from the area and police investigation is underway.
An Islamic State military commander is among 9 terrorists killed in Nangarhar province during a special operation by the country’s spy agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), a statement said on Monday.
The operation which took place in Aghzo and Daudzai villages of Chaparhar district killed Dr. Bilal, Islamic State’s military commander for Chaparhar district, another important commander Qari Najib along with seven other terrorists, Nangarhar Governor’s media office said in a statement.
The statement said that, an Islamic State hideout was also destroyed during the operation, according to the statement which added that nine AK-47’s, a number of night vision goggles, and some documents among other things were seized during the operation.
Chaparhar district governor Sidiq Dawlatzai also said that no civilian casualties were reported during the operation.
12 Taliban killed, 4 Security Forces Wounded in Daikundi Province 12 Taliban insurgent were killed and four security forces were wounded in Daikundi province after Taliban attacked a security forces outpost, an official said on Monday.
The attack took place in Padgak village of Kijran district on Sunday evening, provincial police spokesman Gul Mohammad Sajjadi told Reporterly adding that those wounded included two policemen and two army soldiers.
Sajjadi said Taliban had retreated and the area is fully under the control of security forces.
Taliban’s shadow governor and head of it’s desert court Haji Mohammad Amin was among 10 insurgents killed in Faryab province, security officials said on Monday.
The deaths took place in Shash Tapa area of Khwaja Sabz Posh district in the province after NATO’s Resolute Support mission conducted airstrikes on a Taliban gathering in the district, Faryab police spokesman Abdul Karim Yourish told Reporterly.
Three Taliban insurgents were also wounded in the airstrikes, Yourish added.
Haji Mohammad Amin had been involved in several desert trials and destructive attack in Khwaja Sabz Posh, Shirin Tagab and Chahar Gana Andkhoy districts, according to Yourish.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at the Council of Ministers meeting acknowledged the concern of the Presidential candidates and called for early attention to those concerns.
The candidates are having concerns regarding the recent appointments by President Ghani on the grounds that they may be politically motivated.
He also said that the recent appointments by President Ghani are political decisions.
Moreover, raising the issue of women’s’ participation Abdullah said – “the allegations by President Ghani’s advisor about abuse against women at the Presidential Palace are unfortunate and that such allegations can affect women’s efforts in Afghanistan”.
Abdullah stresses on transparency in the upcoming elections and says 16 weeks have remained for the polls and that there should be no delay in using any opportunity for peace during this time.
He added that -” he does not want to comment on the tensions over the election of the Parliament’s administrative board but adds that people will get nothing if laws, regulations and people’s rights are replaced by “bullying”.
Abdullah says allegations against parliamentary elections should be assessed independently and it should not be treated politically in order to restore public trust in government.
Security officials reported the killing of seven members of a family in the Kabul city.
Seven members of one family including three women were killed by unknown gunmen on Sunday night in Jamal Mena area of Kart-e-Sakhi of Kabul city’s PD3, Ferdows Faramarz spokesperson of Kabul Police told Reporterly.
Mr Faramarz added that the police investigation indicates this was not an armed murder or robbery but a family-related hostility and previously these individuals had a dispute over land.
The individuals charged with the incident were identified and followed by the police, Mr Faramarz added.
At least 10 people have been wounded by an IED blast that targeted a bus carrying employees of Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs in Mari district of Kabul on Monday morning.
Wahidullah Mayar spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the explosion was caused by a magnetic IED.
The blast targeted the landmine at 7:45 am in the morning. Interior Ministry has said that the landmine was embedded in a cassette truck.
No one has claimed the repsonsibility for the attack.