Newsfeed; Tuesday, September 17

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Death Toll in Parwan Rises, 26 Killed, Dozens Injured

    At least 68 people have been killed and wounded in suicide attack in Parwan province, Ministry of Interior said.

    “A suicide attacker riding a motorcycle blew himself up in front of the first gates of a training center in PD1 of Charekar city of the Parwan province at around 11:40AM”, spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said.

    Rahimi added that 26 civilians including 4 security personnel were killed and 42 other civilians were wounded.

    According to spokesperson for Interior Ministry, women and children are also among injured.

    The Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming they were targeting security forces at the campaign rally.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    35 Taliban Insurgents Including Pakistani Nationals Killed in Ghazni

    At least 35 Taliban insurgents including many Pakistani nationals were killed in Ghazni province, local officials said.

    Ghazni press office in a statement said on Tuesday, “The security forces killed at least 35 Taliban insurgents including 10 Pakistani nationals and two group leaders”.

    The statement added that the Special Forces conducted operations on Monday night in Mangoor, Qarabaghi and Kala Ghach areas of Ghazni city.

    Mohammad Tahir alias Khaksar, Omer Khalid a group leader, also in charge of the financial affairs of Taliban and Malang the recruitment chief of the group are among killed in the operation, the statement read.

    The statement added that the security forces seized 12 Ak-47 rifles, 2 rocket launchers, a PKM machine gun and Dragunov sniper rifle during the operation.

    The operation is still going on and Taliban’s casualties may increase, the statement added.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Suicide Attack in Parwan Kills, Injures 55

    The Ministry of Interior (MoD) said that a suicide attack happened in front of the first gates of a training center in Parwan province.

    “A suicide attacker riding a motorcycle blew himself up in front of the first gates of a training center in PD1 of Charekar city of the Parwan province at around 11:40AM”, spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said.

    Rahimi further added that the exact figure regarding the casualties is unclear.

    Meanwhile, Abdul Qasim Sangin, an official of Parwan provincial hospital told media that 24 killed and 31 injured have been transferred to hospital.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Breaking: Blast Rocks Kabul

    Kabul Police said a huge explosion took place in Macroryan area, near Masoud square in the capital Kabul at around 13:10AM.

    The Kabul Police spokesman, Ferdaws Faramarz told Reporterly that the blast happened in PD9 near the Masoud square of Kabul city.

    Faramarz noted that the type of explosion is not clear and the exact figure of casualties is unknown.
    Details to follow

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Developing: Suicide Attacker Targets Electoral Campaigns in Parwan

    A suicide attacker riding a motorcycle blew himself up in front of the first gates of a training center in PD1 of Charekar city of the Parwan province at around 11:40AM, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

    The spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said the exact figure regarding the casualties is unclear.

    In the meantime, the spokesperson of Parwan governer, Wahida Shahkar told Reporterly that the blast targeted the electoral campaigns’ gathering of the “State Builder” team related to President Ashraf Ghani.

    Rahimi added that no one was hurt in the electoral gathering and the “State Builder” team’s campaign is continuing.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Developing: IED Blast Targets Electoral Campaigns in Parwan

    An explosion takes place near an election campaigns’ gathering in Parwan province, local officials said.

    Confirming the incident, spokesperson of Parwan governer, Wahida Shahkar told Reporterly that the blast was triggered by a magnetic bomb attached to a vehicle.

    “There is still no detail available about the casualties. It will be shared soon,” Shahkar said.

    She noted that the blast targeted the electoral campaigns’ gathering of the “State Builder” team related to President Ashraf Ghani.

    The spokesperson added that the “State Builder” team’s campaign is continuing, despite blast.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    No Word From Afghanistan Regarding Power Line Transmission Damage: Uzbekistan

    The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan did not receive information from the Afghan authorities about the disruption of the power transmission line on Afghan territory, which receives electricity from Uzbekistan, according to Uzbek media.

    As per Trend reports, earlier, Afghan media reported that militants of anti-government forces blew up power transmission towers coming from Uzbekistan in Afghanistan, leaving 11 provinces without light.

    “The national electric networks of Uzbekistan under the Ministry of Energy did not receive any confirming information from buyers of electricity in Afghanistan that the power transmission towers were blown up,” the Ministry of Energy said.

    The ministry suggested that the supply of electricity could be disrupted from Tajikistan, which also sells electricity to Afghanistan.

    “If the power was turned off for some reason, we assume that this could happen on the line from which Afghan consumers get electricity from Tajikistan. If this assumption is true, we do not know when and how Tajik and Afghan specialists will restore the power lines,” said the ministry.

    According to the current contract, Afghanistan receives 1.5 million kWh of electricity per day from Uzbekistan.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Breaking: Blast Targets Electoral Campaigns in Parwan

    An explosion takes place near an election campaigns’ gathering in Parwan province, local officials said.

    Confirming the incident, spokesperson of Parwan governer, Wahida Shahkar told Reporterly that there is still no info available about the nature of the blast and the casualties.

    She added that the blast targeted the electoral campaigns’ gathering of the “State Builder” team.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Roadside Explosion Kills 1, Injures 2 Police Personnel in Paktia

    Local officials confirmed that a roadside bomb blast killed a local police member and injured two others in the Paktia province.

    Abdullah Hasrat, spokesman for Paktia’s provincial governor, told Reporterly on Tuesday that, “The explosion happened when a vehicle carrying the members of local police hit a roadside bomb on Monday afternoon in Zurmat district of Paktia”.

    The members of local police were from the Sayed Karam district of the province who had gone to Zurmat for official duty, Abdullah Hasrat added.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    IED Blast Kills Police Official in Baghlan

    Mohammad Ebrahim Andarabi, finance manager of Baghlan police was killed in a magnetic Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Baghlan, local officials said.

    Confirming the news to Reporterly, Baghlan police spokesperson Javid Besharat said that Andarabi was killed as a result of IED blast that happened at 9:00AM on Tuesday morning.

    He added that Andarabi was targeted by the bomb when he was enroute his duty.

    Meanwhile, Farid Basim resigned as Baghlan provincial governor yesterday and the President has accepted his resignation.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    Taliban Delegation Visits Iran For Afghanistan Peace Talks

    Members of Taliban’s Qatar-based political bureau have visited Tehran and held talks with Iranian officials on the latest developments of the Afghan peace process, including the breakdown of US-Taliban negotiations.

    As per the Press TV report, the delegation has reportedly conferred with a number of political and foreign ministry officials of Iran on the Afghan peace talks and the intra-Afghan negotiations.

    The visit to Tehran was the second foreign trip of the Taliban delegation after the collapse of its talks with the United States. The Afghan group earlier paid a visit to Moscow, Russia.

    A senior Taliban leader in Qatar had earlier said, “The purpose of these visits is to inform leaders of these countries about the peace talks and [US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision to call off the peace process at a time when both sides had resolved all outstanding issues and were about to sign a peace agreement.”

    After nine rounds of negotiations in Doha, which began in October 2018, American and Taliban officials agreed a draft accord that would have seen some 5,000 US troops withdrawn from Afghanistan in exchange for security guarantees from the Taliban.

    However, Trump cancelled the talks in a move that surprised the Taliban leaders.

  • 17 Sep 2019 Share this post

    US Service Member Killed in Action in Wardak

    An American service member was killed in Wardak province, the US-led NATO mission said Monday, the 17th American to be killed in combat there this year in Afghanistan.

    “A US service member was killed in action today in Afghanistan,” NATO’s Resolute Support mission said in a brief statement.

    NATO did not immediately provide any additional information regarding the circumstances of the deadly incident.

    “In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification is complete,” a news release from the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan stated.

    More than 80 U.S. military personnel have been wounded in combat this year, the Times said. More than 2,400 Americans have died in the nearly 18-year war.

    Monday’s death comes after peace talks between the Trump administration and the Taliban broke down earlier this month. Trump canceled planned meetings with Taliban officials at Camp David last week after an attack that killed 12, including an American soldier.