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It has told to Reporterly by Kandahar police spokesperson Ahmed Zia Durani, that a magnetic bomb attached to a civil vehicle detonated while the vehicle was entering the police headquarters in PD5 of Kandahar province.
It was also confirmed that no casualties have taken place.
No information on responsibility of the attack yet.
Ministry of Defense released a statement to report that 91 insurgents have been killed across 13 provinces of Afghanistan.
As a result of the offensive, airborne and cleanup operations of the security forces over the past 24 hours in the provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Uruzgan, Zabul, Farah, Balkh, Kunduz, Sar-e-pul, Faryab and Helmand, 91 insurgents were killed and 21 others were wounded, according to the statement.
The statement added that during these operations, 12 suspects were arrested, several hideouts and a significant amount of ammunition and explosives belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed.
It has been reported to Reporterly that the shootout in Kabul which began yesterday has ended.
The security forces have reportedly arrested Tamim Shansab, the individual whose house was under siege by government forces.
On Monday, a gunfire erupted as the Kabul police were attempting to seize the house of Tamim Shansab, which was followed by a retaliatory attack by the personal guards of Shansab’s residence.
This shootout left a policeman killed, and 6 policemen and a journalist injured.
It has been announced that NATO foreign ministers are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels.
The stakeholders are going to discuss the Afghan peace process and stability along with issues relevant to other nations as well.
The 209 Shahin Corps have said in a statement that as a result of the intelligence of national security and air operations, Abdul Qayum, renowned for Rohani, the Taliban shadow governor for Ghor province, with five of his men, was killed yesterday in Bahramcha area of Helmand province.
Abdul Qayyum Rohani, Maulawi Hasher and Commander Mashaal, with a number of other Taliban members whose identities were unknown, were planning to travel to Pakistan via Bahramcha area of Helmand Province, which were killed by coalition air strikes, according to statement.
US service member Sgt. Jason M. McClary is the fourth soldier to die of wounds after a blast took place last week in Ghazni province.
This casualty has “raised the toll from the deadliest incident for U.S. troops in the country this year”, the Pentagon said Monday.
McClary, 24, of Export, Pa., died on Sunday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from injuries he suffered in the Nov. 27 blast, which struck a convoy of U.S. and Afghan forces in Ghazni province’s Andar district en route to battle Taliban fighters.
The Pentagon last week also identified three other service members who were killed in the blast as Green Berets Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, both of the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group; and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, a special tactics combat controller assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
According to air quality index (AQI) which is published for determining cities’ air quality, Kabul has topped the list with the worst air quality.
As of 18:00, December 3rd, at a score of 495, considered ‘hazardous’, Kabul has a severe situation for air quality.
The PM 2.5 count stands at 231.1 µg/m³. PM stands for particulate matter which can be categorised into PM 2.5 and PM 10, the former being more hazardous for health and air quality.
The presidential palace on Tuesday informed that President Ghani hosted a number of athletes and sportspersons on Monday night at the palace. The Attorney General Farid Hamidi was also present in the meeting where he was asked to ensure a proper “investigation into the sexual abuse allegations of Afghan Football Federation” and “bring those guilty to book”.
The statement also added that the president expressed that the government has zero-tolerance for abuse of authority to sexually exploit people regardless of gender. He added that “a probe to investigate the matter commenced earlier today under Deputy Attorney General”.
This comes after allegations were out against members of the Afghanistan Football Federation on charge of sexual abuse and harassment.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on Tuesday. The agenda of his visit is to seek Pakistan’s ‘help’ for a political solution to the Afghan conflict, Pakistan’s officials claim.
The State Department had announced on Sunday that Khalilzad will be traveling to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an interagency delegation from December 2-20.
Khalilzad previously also held three-day talks with the Taliban political envoys in Qatar last month.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday announced that it will provide a $2 billion grant to Afghanistan in the next three years.
The grant is to be used to help the Afghanistan with projects and programs in the sectors of agriculture, natural resources, power generation, transportation and infrastructure.