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An explosion has been reported in PD11, Qala-e-Najara area of Kabul.
No information on the nature of blast or casualty.
More details to follow.
An explosive-laden three wheeler detonated in the Darb-e-Malik area of Western Herat.
So far the reports have informed that 7 including a child and 2 policemen have been included in the casualty.
The explosion happened on Sunday afternoon.
It was estimated by the United Nations on Sunday that 3,634 civilian casualties have taken place due to bomb attacks in Afghanistan for the first nine months of the year.
The figures are as follows: 1,065 deaths and 2,569 injured. These estimates were published by the UNAMA special report.
With these numbers, UNAMA has pointed that there has been a 21% increase in the number of casualties as compared to 2017.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan has said that “Deliberately targeting civilians is a war crime and cannot be tolerated.”
He also added, “Beyond the immediate and direct harm caused to victims and their families, the long-lasting effects of suicide and other IED attacks on the wider civilian population cannot be ignored.“The unpredictable nature of these types of attacks has caused Afghans unbearable suffering and forced them to live in fear of the next explosion, severely curtailing their ability to carry out normal lives.”
According to Turkish police, the Saudi journalist
Jamal Khashoggi who went missing earlier this week may have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
If proven right, the case could deepen the tense relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
A Turkish official also said “We’re not sure how that happened, but we believe Mr. Khashoggi’s body didn’t leave the consulate.”
However Saudi authorities have responded to the accusations of stifling the press freedom by calling them baseless. A week ago Mr. Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at around 1 p.m. on was recorded to not have ever come out of the premises.
Saudi Arabia has seen a recent increase in the authorities cracking down on dissent in the country. Certain activities by the King Salman and his powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have led to arrest of many Saudis.
For Turkey, a country which boasts of tight security measures, the death of a foreign national journalist on its soil is another serious matter.
Security officials have reported that 115 terrorists have been killed or wounded across 15 provinces of Afghanistan.
As a result of the invasive, airborne and cleanup operations of the security forces over the past 24 hours in the provinces of Kunar, Helmand, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Nimruz, Paktia, Faryab, Khost, Sar-e-Pul, Ghazni, Kandahar, Logar, Herat, Badakhshan and Uruzgan, 90 terrorists were killed and 25 others wounded.
The statement added that during these operations, 6 suspects have been arrested, and several hideouts well as a significant amount of ammunition and explosives belonging to the terrorists were destroyed.
Local authorities in Nangarhar have announced the reopening of the Pakistani consulate in the province.
The spokesman for Nangarhar’s provincial governor, Ataullah Khugyani, told Khabarnama that the Pakistani authorities have come to an agreement with the Afghan Foreign Ministry to reopen the consulate.
But Mr. Khugyani emphasized that they would not be able to resume their activities unless we receive an official letter from the central government authorities about the reopening of the consulate.
This comes after the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul said they had closed the consulate in Jalalabad due to the intervention of the Governor of Nangarhar, Hayatullah Hayat.
The Pew Research Centre, Washington conducted a survey in the month of September and the results of the survey showed that a significant portion of the people in America (49%) feel that the US has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan.
October 7th marks 17 years of US war on Afghanistan and even ten years ago, Americans had a far optimistic impression of the war than now.
Even now, according to the research, those American who claim to be Republican voters still feel positive about US efforts in the turmoil-ridden Afghanistan whilst Democrat loyalists believe the otherwise.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalizad is supposed to arrive at Kabul today.
The agenda for his visit is to be a discussion about peace talks. This will be his first visit since he was appointed the special representative.
Security officials have reported that around 10 police have been killed in a Taliban raid on a security outpost in Faryab province.
Head of the Faryab Provincial Council, Mohammad Tahir Rahmani, said that the Taliban attacked on a security outpost located on the Maimana-Herat Highway, in Aqsa village of Pashtun Kot district of Faryab Province, at around 3 am on Sunday, as a result of which, 10 policemen have been killed and four others have been injured.
Due to Taliban’s attack on Sayed Abad district of Maidan Wardak province and ongoing clashes between them and security forces, Sayed Abad Police Chief with 12 other soldiers were killed.
The Provincial Council of Maidan Wardak has told Ariana News that the Taliban have launched massive attacks on the city of Sayed Abad, but have not managed to seize the district building until now.
Security officials have reported that around 13 terrorists have been killed in Farah province.
Ministry of Defense has issued a statement informing that 13 terrorists have been killed as a result of the security forces clearing operation in Bala Boluk district of Farah province.
The statement provides no details on the civilian casualties.
Security officials have reported that around 19 terrorists have been killed in Faryab province.
Ministry of Defence has issued a statement informing that 19 terrorists have been killed as a result of the security forces clearing operation in Qaisar and Dawlat Abad district of Faryab.
During the operation, some weapons and ammunition had been destroyed, the statement read.
Security officials have reported that around 37 terrorists have been killed and wounded in Ghazni province.
Ministry of Defence has issued a statement informing that 23 terrorists have been killed and 14 others wounded as a result of the security forces clearing operation in Moqur and Andar district of Ghazni.
During the operation, two vehicles as well as a weapon and ammunition depot had been destroyed, the statement added.
Spokesman for the governor of Maidan Wardak, Abdul Rahman Mangal, has confirmed to Khabarnama that the supporting forces have reached the city of Sayed Abad and now the area is under the control of these forces.
The spokesman for the governor of Maidan Wardak said that last night the Taliban carried out a massive attack on the province of Sayed Abad to overthrow it, but did not succeed eventually.
According to him, the attack was focused on the outposts near the city of Sayed Abad and also on the district compound.
Mr Mangal said: “At present, the enemy attack has been retreated and the ANA has settled in the area.”
The spokesman for Maidan Wardak Governor also informed that the Kabul-Kandahar highway, which was blocked by the Taliban’s blast of a culvert in Shatur area of Sayed Abad, was opened to traffic.
Maidan Wardak local officials emphasize that the attack has had a lot of casualties from both sides, but the exact number of casualties is still unclear.
The political parties have come out with a warning that they will cease to participate in the upcoming October 20th parliamentary elections if the government and IEC fail to utilize the biometric system.
The parties claim that they want the elections to be fair and they want people to cast their vote in a fair and transparent way, for which the biometric system is crucial.
Recently the IEC announced that all biometric devices have been delivered to Kabul and have been sent for distribution across all provinces of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Education Minister Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi has visited New Delhi to visit various government schools of New Delhi, India.
Recently the example of educational improvement was laid out from the capital of India and the work of the New Delhi government was commended.
Reports indicate that last night Sayed Abad district of Maidan Wardak province may have fallen into the hands of the Taliban.
Meanwhile, there is still clash going on between the Taliban and the government forces.
More details to come.