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Security officials reported the arrest of three individuals in connection with 2500 kilograms of explosives in Kabul.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Tuesday that in an NDS elite forces operation in Bagrami district in the capital Kabul, 2,500 kilograms of explosive material were seized. NDS added that three suspects were also arrested in the operation.
The explosive material (ammonium nitrite type) was placed in 50 sacks in a truck which was transferring construction materials, according to NDS.
In an event scheduled to commemorate the Afghan-Russia relations in Moscow on May 28-29, Afghan delegates and the members of the Taliban group appeared before the media in Moscow.
Among those who made the public presence, there was the deputy leader of the group Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
On the centenary of Afghanistan-Russia diplomatic relations, the delegates and the deputy Taliban leader appeared before the media before the start of the event.
The event is also expected to host an intra Afghan talk between the Afghan delegates and the Taliban in lieu of the socio-political conditions in Afghanistan.
Local officials reported that a commander of Public Uprising Forces and three of his subordinates were killed in Badghis province.
Speaking to Reporterly on Tuesday, Jamshid Shahabi, spokesman of Badghis Governor said that these forces were killed in a Taliban ambush on Monday night in Luman area of Qala-e-Naw district of the province.
Shahabi added that there are Taliban casualties as well in the clash with Taliban insurgents but there is no exact figure to quote. The situation in the province is normal, according to Shahabi.
On the US Memorial Day, US Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass, US Resolute Support Commander Gen. Miller, and the staff of U.S. Embassy Kabul gathered to pay their honour to the American service members who lost their lives on duty while lending service to the nation.
The ambassador also mentioned that -“they sacrificed themselves to defend our freedoms and to help Afghans create a better, more peaceful future.”
Former National Security Adviser of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar has arrived in Moscow to solicit an event to celebrate the diplomatic relations with Russia. He is there along with other Afghan delegates.
Mr Atmar tweeted-“We value the friendship between the two countries & hope for expansion of our ties in the years to come.” He also added that he is planning on meeting his fellow Afghan delegation members, as well as members of a senior Taliban delegation, for an intra-Afghan meeting.
He also mentioned that- “Peace remains a top priority for us Afghans. We will not tire from any efforts towards furthering this sacred cause.”
Expressing his concern for peace in Afghanistan and stressing on his diligence towards it the official said that- “Just to add, in our quest for peace, we remain committed to preserving the Islamic Republic where human and civil rights, especially those of women, are fully safeguarded. “