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Afghan security forces killed 22 Taliban militants and injured 7 others including two key commanders of the group in northern Sar-e Pul province, officials said.
The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement on Wednesday said; a clash erupted between security forces and Taliban insurgents in Sayad district amid ongoing Shaheen-216 operations.
The statement further added that the security forces also conducted airstrikes during the clash which killed 22 Taliban militants and wounded 7 others, including Qari Gulbuddin and Ahmad Mala, the two key commanders of the group.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the clash so far.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has warned the Taliban group to join government in peace or prepare to be eliminated.
The acting Interior Minister, Massoud Andarabi said the Afghan security forces have great moral and are doing their best to revitalize the peace atmosphere.
Andarabi stated that the security forces would fight against insurgents if they do not speak out peace.
“Taliban have suffered heavy casualties in the past eight months and its Al-Fatah operation has also failed,” he said.
The acting Interior Minister further added that the success and failure of security forces depend on the people’s cooperation.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) has announced that the Presidential Election’s vote recounting process has been stopped across the country.
“The votes recounting process has been stopped to address the complaints of the candidates and political parties,” a spokesman for IEC, Aziz Ahmad Ibrahimi said.
This comes as the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday called for immediately halting the recount of the votes.
In the meantime, the IEC commissioner, Awrangzib told reporters that preliminary presidential election results, which were scheduled to be announced tomorrow, have been delayed due to tensions hindering the vote recount process.
Brussels hosted a ceremonial event of the launch of an education programme for Afghan women at the Kazakh and Uzbek universities, Kazakh media reported.
In July the European Union allocated 2mn euros for a joint project with the UN which will enable 50 young Afghan women to get higher education at the Kazakh and Uzbek universities.
Up to now, Kazakhstan has provided $80mn of financial assistance to Afghanistan. “$3.5mn of this amount was spent on construction of healthcare and educational centers as well as on reconstruction of roads and bridges.”
As per the UNDP data, 11% of all adult women obtained at least secondary education and only 19.5% of them are employed. Among the men, these indicators are as following: 37% and 87% respectively. In 2016-2017 more than half of Afghanistan’s population lived below the poverty line.
At least seven people were killed and ten others wounded on Wednesday, after a car bomb explosion near the interior ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed.
The spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said, “The explosives had been placed in a Townace van. The target of the blast was a vehicle of foregin security company named World Guard.”
According to Rahimi, the incident took place at around 07:25 am (local time) and four employees of the company were among those injured. Casualties from the blast included also children.
It came a day after two Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant network were released in exchange for two professors, an American and an Australian, in a development some analysts had hoped could defuse violence in Afghanistan.
The construction work of a 1-kilometer road in Faizabad, Badakhshan was officially inaugurated by the governor of Badakhshan together with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport, the Director of Roads Operation and Maintenance Department (ROMD) and provincial officials on Tuesday.
As per Wadsam report, the road will connect Feyzabad City to Lai Aba villages and neighboring districts. The project is part of the rehabilitation of a 74-kilometer road.
Its aim is to connect Feyzabad City and the Yawan District with an ‘all-weather road’ that will benefit about 600,000 citizens.
The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) is supporting the construction with a total amount of around AFN 206 million.
Construction works will take an estimated 23 months and involve widening the existing gravel road and adding side ditches to drain rainwater and melted snow.
Retaining walls will be built where necessary to prevent the risk of road damage and injury as the road is between the Kokcha River and the mountainside.
At least seven people were killed and seven others wounded on Wednesday, after a car bomb explosion near the interior ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed.
The spokesman of MoI, Nasrat Rahimi said the incident took place at around 07:25 am in the Qasaba area, PD15 of Kabul city.
Rahimi said that the target of the attack was not immediately clear. He added that an investigation was underway at the scene.
No one/group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The victims have been taken to the hospital for treatment. The blast also damaged several other vehicles in the area.
At least five civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul city on Wednesday morning, officials confirmed.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Nasrat Rahimi confirmed the blast, saying the incident happened in Qasaba area of PD15.
“The target area has not yet been cleared and we will share more details soon,” Rahimi said.
So far, no armed group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
This blast comes as one day after the Afghan government released Anas Haqqani, brother the Taliban deputy chief Siraj-ud-Haqqani, and two other leaders from the Bagram prison under a prisoners swap deal.