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Two men were arrested in connection with the murder cases of a newlywed woman in Kunduz city, officials said on Wednesday.
Jamshid Rasouli, a spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General (AGO), said the victim was a 19-year-old girl.
He stressed that violence against women would be duly investigated and the AGO has looked at 2,088 such cases in the past nine months.
On Tuesday, the family of the victim, identified as Angha, claimed she had been killed by her in-laws in the Chai Feroshi area in PD3 of Kunduz.
The woman had gotten married three months ago.
The head of Laghman’s provincial council, Atiqullah Abdul Rahimzai, was injured in a mine explosion on Tuesday evening, officials confirmed.
The explosion took place in Kharuti village of Qarghaee when Rahimzai’s vehicle collided with a roadside IED.
Officials added that four of his security guards were also wounded.
No group has taken responsibility for the explosion yet.
The incident comes a day after Laghman Governor Rahmatullah Yarmal’s convoy was targeted in the provincial centre.
Increase in targeted attacks
Local media reports, citing government sources, that 286 security and civil administration members were assassinated in targeted attacks across 30 provinces in the first six months of the year.
The maximum number of such attacks took place in Kabul city, which resulted in the death of 59 people.
Earlier, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced the arrest of Taliban members who were part of a 100-man “hit-squad” responsible for targeted attacks.
The victims included police officers, military personnel, NDS officials, members of provincial councils and tribal elders.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has come forward to pay for the medical expenses anf has given an apartment to a Ghazni policewoman who was blinded and shot by her father, a Taliban member.
Acting Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi said the officer, identified as Khaterah, was “heroic” after both her eyes were dug out with a knife.
“The Taliban cannot defeat this nation by force,” Andarabi tweeted on Wednesday.
Marwa Amini, head of the Department of Human Rights, Women’s Affairs and Children at MoI, said Khaterah was also shot at 10 times for allegedly “collaborating with the government and the police.”
“The most painful news was that she cannot see her children,” Amini said.
The Taliban have not yet commented.
The Taliban are known for their regressive policies regarding the inclusion of women in the government and security forces.
According to official figures, there are over 2,700 women in various military units of the Ministry of Defence and more than 3,500 women in various police departments.
From the 370 samples tested for Coronavirus in the past day, 62 were found to be positive, pushing the Afghan tally of confirmed cases to 39,548, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said.
The new cases were reported in the provinces of Herat (42), Daykundi (5), Nimruz (4), Kabul (4), Badakhshan (3), Bamiyan (2), Baghlan (1) and Zabul (1).
The MoPH said 68 people had recovered while two had succumbed to the virus in the past day.
Afghanistan has 5,034 active COVID-19 cases with 33,045 recoveries and 1,469 deaths.
Three civilians were killed in a roadside explosion in Tagab district of Kapisa while two were wounded near Hairatan in Balkh, said security officials on Wednesday.
Abdul Shayeq Shoresh, spokesperson for the Kapisa Police Command, told Reporterly that station wagon (saracha) collided with a mine explosion at 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday in the Khasachina area.
A woman and two men were killed in the blast, which Shoresh blamed on the Taliban.
Two people were also injured in a mine explosion in Hairatan, Balkh, said Adel Shah Adel, spokesperson for the provincial police.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the incidents yet.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has committed to invest 21.3 billion AFN (€240 million) for financial and technical cooperation with Afghanistan in 2020.
“Improving the lives of Afghan men and women, boys and girls is our joint goal. Together, we are seeking to create jobs, fight hunger and poverty, strengthen Afghan institutions, and build and maintain infrastructure,” said State Secretary of BMZ Martin Jaeger.
“Cooperation between the two countries will focus on peaceful and inclusive societies, training and sustainable growth for decent jobs, and responsibility for our planet in terms of climate and energy,” he added.
A statement by the German ministry said that further funding is provided by BMZ directly to non-governmental organisations.
In addition to that, the German Federal Foreign Office is also providing 16 billion AFN (€180 million) for stabilization projects and 1.7 billion AFN (€19.4 million) for humanitarian assistance in 2020.
With this, Germany will have fulfilled its pledge at the 2016 Brussels Conference, where it committed to provide up to €430 million per year in overall civilian assistance.
“Part of that was based on conditions and that means that we asked the Afghan government to continue their fight against corruption to strengthening human rights, to strengthening the situation of women and girls,” said Henning Plate, Head of South and Central Asian Division at BMZ German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
This is the second commitment of funding between the German and Afghan governments this year.
In June 2020, in order to support Afghanistan in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Germany committed an amount of 5.77 billion AFN (€69.8 million).
Germany is the second-largest donor to Afghanistan and has made significant contributions to the reconstruction of Afghanistan since 2001.
Helmand officials said on Wednesday four security forces were killed and three others were wounded in a car bombing at a security checkpoint in Nahr-e-Siraj district of the province.
Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the Helmand governor, told Reporterly that the attack took place on Tuesday night in the Yakhchal area.
He said it was unclear whether the target had been an army or a police checkpoint, which were both in the area.
However, media claimed that an army checkpoint was targeted.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.