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Security officials reported at least 62 fighters of Taliban’s so-called Red Division were killed, and 11 others were wounded in operations and airstrikes carried out by Afghan forces in Chak district in Maidan Wardak province last night.
The NDS, in a statement, said that the Taliban’s designated governor for Maidan Wardak province is among those wounded and eight commanders of the group’s Red Division are among those killed.
Some weapons and mines were also seized by security forces in the operation, as per the NDS.
After two days of close-door negotiations, the participants of the second Intra-Afghan talks in Moscow ended their talks. A joint statement was issued at the end of the meeting in Moscow. Both sides discussed continued intra-Afghan talks, ceasefire, the release of prisoners, protection of civilians, foreign troop withdrawal, end of the “foreigner’ interference, the preservation of national sovereignty, & women rights.
The joint statement, which was released on Thursday, said that the participants of the meeting have a common will to achieve sustainable peace.
They said that some issues require further discussion subsequently implying the need for another meeting in the future.Contrary to what was expected, the both sides failed to achieve a cease-fire in the days of Eid al-Fitr. This is after a number of Afghan polticians and Taliban delegates came together for an extension to the intra-Afghan talks in Russia owing to the centenary celebrations of Afghan-Russia relations.
Local officials reported that eight people were injured in an explosion in Ghazni province. The provincial media office said that at least 12 civilians were wounded in the province around 12 in the noon because of IED which was embedded in a motorcycle.
The explosion occured in Ghazni city’s Bazazi area in which three children and two women were among the injured.
Following a meeting between NSA Hamdullah Mohib and Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Bajwa, Afghanistan and Pakistan have discussed the need for continued communication for the improvement of bilateral relations with an emphasis on the continuation of talks on regional security issues.
The National Security Council, in a statement, said that NSA Mohib discussed the Afghan peace process, cooperation on counter-terrorism and regional economic connectivity with General Bajwa.
It also added that the two sides agreed the need to adopt an inclusive approach to regional development, regional economic integration and stability in South Asia and Central Asia.
President Ashraf Ghani left Kabul for Saudi Arabia today to attend the 14th annual summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Haroon Chakhansuri, spokesperson of the presidential palace said in a tweet that President Ghani is on an official trip to Saudi Arabia where he is scheduled to speak at the OIC summit and hold discussions with leaders from several Islamic countries.
The Afghan Peace Process is likely to be the main theme of the talks.
Breshna company disclosed the third list of powerful people who haven’t paid their electricity bills. Most of the names in the list were employees of government offices.
In a statement released on Thursday, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat disclosed the list in which large borrowers of the company from Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar, Nimroz and Samangan provinces were named.
In this disclosed list, the names of Mohammad Anwar Oriakhail, Kabul’s representative in the parliament, Ghulam Abbas Akhlaqi and Alam Khan Azadi, representatives of Balkh in the parliament, General Ibarullah Murad, Nangarhar’s representative in the parliament and Asadullah Murad, a member of the Nangarhar provincial council were found.
Prior to this, Breshna had warned electricity consumers in Kabul and the provinces to clear their thier electricity bills.
In two other lists, the company had disclosed the names of a several powerful people and senior government officials who had electricity bill dues.
The Ministry of Interior confirmed that a suicide attack took place in front of the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul which killed six people and injured six people, as per initial findings.
The Ministry added that the security forces had identified the bomber before he blew himself up.
The Ministry also stated that police forces have arrived at the scene.
Army officials have reported that the 207th Zafar Corps received eight unmanned aerial vehicles. They added that for the first time, the 207th Zafar Corps received drone aircrafts from the Resolute Support Mission in the western zone.
Officials of Zafar Corps said that the personnel required to use such drone aircrafts have already been trained and these aircrafts will be used for intelligence purposes and fighting operations.
At a ceremony of delivering these aircrafts, Commander of the 207th Zafar Corps, General Noorullah Qaderi expressed his appreciation for the cooperation from the international community and said that the utilization of these aircrafts will reduce civilian casualties, considerably.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commander of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen Salvatore has assured his country’s longstanding commitment to the Afghan government and people and emphasized that the education and professional training of Afghan defence corps are among the top priorities of the Resolute Support Mission.
Two commando personnel were killed following the restart of clashes in Baghlan province’s Bala Murghab district. Local officials, however, emphasized that the district is under the control of the security forces.
Mohammad Nasir Nazari, a member of the Baghdis Provincial Council told Reporterly, on Thursday, that the two commando personnel were killed after a clash between the Taliban insurgents and security forces on Wednesday night. While reiterating that the district is under the control of the security forces, Nazari also added that the Taliban have potentially suffered casualties in the clash, too.
Baghdis governor’s spokesperson, Jamshid Shahabi, told Reporterly that an exact figure of casualties suffered by the Taliban and the security forces was not available. Spokesperson Shahabi also added that in a separate incident, last night in Qarqito and Park Shahr Qala Naw areas of Baghdis province’s capital, two police personnel were injured.
Four individuals were killed following a clash between two commanders of the public uprising forces in Faryab province. Speaking to Reporterly on Thursday, Faryab Police Spokesperson Abdul Karim Yourish said that while four people were killed, one was injured as a result of the clashes which took place in the province’s Qaisar district.
“All the individuals killed in the clash were civilians who were members of the public uprising popular forces,” said Spokesperson Yourish. However, he did not comment on the motive behind the conflict between the two commanders. Local sources told Reporterly told that all those killed in the clash were civilians including women and children.
Spokesperson Abdul Karim Yourish also added that casualties were reported in a clash between security forces and Taliban insurgents in Khwaja Sabz Posh district. He added that the Taliban suffered casualties but no exact figure was available. Meanwhile, no casualties of civilians and security forces were reported from the incident.
Security officials reported the release of 28 prisoners from a Taliban prison in Zabul province.
Interior Ministry Spokesperson Nusrat Rahimi said that following a special operation of the Afghan security and defense forces in Zabul’s Naw Bahar district, the 28 prisoners were released.
He also added that among the prisoners, 16 were civilians and 12 were soldiers of security and defense forces.
Spokesperson Rahimi said that two Taliban insurgents were killed in the operation.