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The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has confirmed that Asim Omar, leader of Al-qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was killed in Helmand province.
“NDS can now confirm the death of Asim Omar, leader of Al-qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on September 23,” said NDS in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement noted that Omar, a Pakistani citizen, was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani.
“Among them was Raihan, Omar’s courier to Ayman Al-Zawahiri. They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala,” the statement added.
Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that over 22 Taliban insurgents including a key commander of the group have been killed in four provinces of Afghanistan.
MoI in a statement on Tuesday said that 15 Taliban militants were killed during a clearance operation carried out by General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) backed by Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Andar district of Ghazni.
GCPSU discovered and defused six roadside bombs as well, the statement noted.
MoI statement further stated that 3 Taliban insurgents were killed after GCPSU launched a clearance operation in Koldash village, Faiz Abad district of Jawzjan province.
Three Taliban insurgents were killed and two others wounded in a clash with Afghan National Police (ANP) in Chaqmaq village, Pashtun Kot district of Faryab, the statement read.
The statement added that a key member of Taliban group killed and another was wounded following a clash with Afghan National Police (ANP) in Nehr Shahi district of Balkh.
The US Embassy in Kabul has said that there is no place for fraud in Afghanistan presidential election.
US embassy in a tweeter post said that Deputy Chief of Mission Karen Decker visited National Tally Center and appreciated the work of Independent Election Commission (IEC).
The embassy stressed that Afghan voters deserve to have only lawful votes counted with impartiality and transparency.
Meanwhile, IEC said that members of the IEC leadership had met with US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, Karen Decker and discussed about conduct of presidential election and collecting the election results to IEC central office.
More than 20 people were injured due to a blast that rocked literature and engineering faculties of the Ghazni University in Ghazni city the capital of eastern Ghazni province on Tuesday, local officials said.
Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says 12 of the wounded are female students of the Ghazni University and two of the wounded are in critical condition.
The blast occurred at around 10:00 a.m. local time inside the department of the Dari Literature Faculty.
The bomb was placed in a classroom, a university student told Reporterly.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.
Last month a magnetic explosive device attached to a mini bus belonging to the same university detonated, killing the driver.
Local officials have confirmed that an explosion happened Tuesday at around 10:30 AM inside one of the university classes of Ghazni province.
The provincial governor’s spokesperson, Arif Noori confirmed the incident but did not provide detail about the causalities of the explosion.
It is stated that the explosion took place at senior year class of Literature faculty.
Meanwhile, head of provincial hospital in Ghazni, Baz Mohammad Hemat said that more than ten wounded have been transferred to the hospital so far.
No group has yet claimed the responsibility of the incident.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed that an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department was killed by Taliban insurgents in Qarabagh district of Kabul.
Security officials declared that the officer was on his way to home when the insurgents stopped his car and opened fire on him at around 11:00AM today.
Officials further added that six other Policemen who went to investigate the incident were injured by an explosion.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.
Local officials has said that the death toll from Jalalabad explosion increased to 12 and the number of injuries to 32 people.
The Nangarhar provincial governor office on Tuesday said that 12 individuals were killed including a woman and a child and 32 others were wounded in yesterday’s explosion.
This comes as explosive materials placed in a rickshaw went off in PD3, Jalalabad city at around 04:00 PM while an Afghan army vehicle was passing from the area.
The provincial governor office yesterday reported that some of those injured in the blast are in critical situation.
The presidential palace has also condemned the attack.
Local officials have confirmed that an explosion took place inside one of the university classes of Ghazni province.
Security officials have not commented regarding the incident so far.
The head of provincial hospital in Ghazni, Baz Mohammad Hemat said that at least eight wounded have been transferred to the hospital so far.
They type of explosion and the exact number of casualties are not known so far.
The NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, Sir Nicholas Kay has said that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are the pride of the people of Afghanistan.
NATO actively supports the role of women and young people within the ANDSF, Nicholas Kay made the remark during Youth Consultative Jirga for Peace event organized by Afghan Women’s Network in Kabul.
The ANDSF conduct operations against the Taliban and other insurgent groups’ around the country on daily basis to maintain peace and security in the country.
As a result of several operations carried out in the past 24 hours by the Afghan security forces countrywide, dozens of insurgents have been killed and injured.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that the signs are good and show that he will have five more years to work hard for the future of Afghanistan.
“I have not claimed victory – that needs to be very clear. My team and I are strictly abiding by the rules and will wait up to the moment the election committee announces the results. Anything before that are predictions and claims that are not helpful”, said President Ghani said in an interview with DER SPIEGEL reporter Matthias Gebauer.
In response to a question about the low turnout of Afghan people on Election Day, President said, “We have to view the participation in relation to the threats all Afghans are facing. Given the situation, the numbers weren’t too bad. I think Afghans are not fed up by democracy but by the unity government of the last years that was not able to push reforms forward to enhance the living situation. They are fed up with all these backroom deals and compromises, which slowed the delivery of any political measure.”
Previously, the Taliban have said the low participation numbers underscore how tight their grip already is on large parts of the country.
However, Ghani declared that The Taliban’s goal in recent years was to overthrow the legitimate government in Kabul and divide the country into the government-controlled areas and the territory they hold.
“We still had more than 130,000 international soldiers here in Afghanistan to secure the election and yet we still faced massive threats and saw attacks against the polling stations. These days we have taken over responsibility for our own country. Obviously, I would like to see a better security situation. Of course, I would rather only focus on reforms and not a war against the Taliban.”
He noted that the Taliban miscalculated massively on all fronts; First, they underestimated the resilience of the Afghan people, who they wanted to use to strengthen their position in negotiations by conducting one attack after the other.
“I had repeatedly warned the U.S., the last time only four days before the collapse of the talks, that Washington’s approach of negotiating with the Taliban alone would be stillborn. Peace talks can only be successful if the Afghan government is joining & leading them,” Ghani added.
The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has predicted pine nuts production to reach up to 24,000 tons this year, which indicates a 10 percent increase from last year’s productions.
Planting hundreds and thousands of pine nuts saplings, the government is making efforts to expand its production.
Afghanistan’s pine nuts are mostly exported to China and UAE.
The price of Afghan pine nuts rose sharply in local markets following inauguration of the air corridor between Afghanistan and China.
A single kilogram of pine nuts in local markets is up to 2,800 Afghanis ($35), compared to 1,500 Afghanis a few months before the opening of the air corridor.
Most of the pine nuts are shipped to Pakistan for processing; however, local firms are developing the capacity to meet the international standards in processing and packaging pine nuts.