It has been informed that a magnetic improvised explosive device attached to a policeman’s vehicle detonated in PD5 of Kandahar city.
Aziz Ahmad Azizi a spokesperson to Kandahar governor confirmed the explosion.
More details to follow.
President Ghani on his visit to Herat on Thursday inaugurated the Lapis Lazuli route.
In his address at the inauguration ceremony, he said “17 years ago, Afghanistan was isolated, 4 years ago, we were being warned of hunger if borders were closed, today we are connected”.
He also clarified that Afghanistan is in favour of a policy of being connected with the world and of Afghanistan being a liberal economy in that respect. He called the inauguration of the Lapis Lazuli route, a “milestone”.
President Ghani also expressed his gratitude to international partners, saying he is grateful to them for making the project possible.
He added that now, Afghan cargo can reach European markets in a very short time.
He also believes that this new route demonstrates that the northern countries and neighbours have confidence and faith in the future of Afghanistan saying “Now it’s the turn of the Afghan traders to make their contribution to this big project with investment and business”.
Security officials have reported the death of 53 insurgents including six IS-K militants in 16 provinces.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement that as a result of clearing and offensive operations supported by coalition forces in the provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Paktia, Logar, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah Ghor, Badghis, Samangan, Faryab and Helmand, 53 insurgents including 6 IS-K militants were killed and 24 others were wounded.
During these operations, 12 others were arrested and a quantity of weapons and ammunition and several vehicles were also destroyed, the statement added.
It was reported by the Independent Election Complaints Commission that UN envoy in Afghanistan and other foreign diplomats met with the members of IECC.
As per the statement, the UN envoy welcomes the decision of IECC to reconsider invalidation of Kabul votes.
The US Deputy Ambassador also called for coordination between electoral bodies (IEC & IECC) in the meeting.
Security officials have reported heavy casualties of Taliban group due to coalition and Afghan forces operations in Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Paktia and Paktika provinces.
As a result of the coalition and Afghan forces operations in Qarabagh and Andar districts of Ghazni, 13 insurgents were killed and 10 others were captured, 203 Thunder Corps said in a statement.
In a separate operation in Lawara and Ahani areas of the Maidan Wardak, eight insurgents were killed and three others were injured. Also, 12 other insurgent were killed during coalition operations in Paktia and Paktika provinces, the statement added.
Australian Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne said last week that the SILVERSHIELD capability would boost the confidence of Australia’s Afghan partners when operating in a high threat environment.
“Over 15,000 SILVERSHIELD systems have now been delivered to Afghanistan for training and initial rollout with deliveries now complete,” Pyne said.
“This is an outstanding investment in Australian capability to deliver life-saving, cutting-edge Counter Improvised Explosive Device technology,” he said, adding that “The REDWING program demonstrates successful collaboration between Defence and industry, and SILVERSHIELD is proof of Australian industry’s ability to meet the challenge of high volume and time critical manufacturing.”
As per the statement of the presidential palace, President Ghani arrived in Herat this morning.
The president is set to inaugurate Lapis Lazuli route and meet with merchants, civil and military officials and locals.
The statement also added that once the route is open, Afghan products will be able to reach European markets in less than 2 weeks.
As of now, President Ghani has also inaugurated the Herat Ring Road on his arrival.
A gunman opened fire outside the French city of Strasbourg’s Christmas market at about 8pm on Tuesday, shooting at three different groups of people in the minutes that followed.
The two people killed in the attack included a 45-year-old man who had invited his family for a drink in the Stub restaurant.
The second man killed was a 45-year-old Thai tourist who was shot in the head. He and his wife had arrived in France the previous day and were to have travelled to Paris on Thursday.
A third victim, an Afghan car mechanic who was a practising Muslim, was repported to be brain dead.
French police have now issued a photo of Cherif Chekatt, the 29-year-old Frenchman suspected of the gun attack.
The IEC on Wednesday announced that it has resumed the recounting process of Kabul votes after having had an agreement with the Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on a new method.
The new method is set to ensure transparency and credibility of the votes.
This comes after the IECC had briefly invalidated the votes cast in Kabul.
FIFA has provisionally suspended Afghanistan Football Federation’s (AFF) president Keramuudin Karim.
This action was taken after allegations of physical and sexual abuse of women football players which was put up before FIFA.
In Afghanistan too, the Attorney General has run investigations to look into the matter.