The Ministry of Defence and the Afghan Army said at least five civilians were killed and three wounded in roadside explosions due to mines planted by the Taliban. The 209 Shahin Corps said that two civilians, including a young boy, were killed in an explosion on Saturday morning when their vehicle struck a mine in Korak Arabi area of the provincial capital of Sar-i-Pul. At

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The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced that a National Railway Institute and the National Road Construction Institute will be established in Afghanistan. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Mohammad Yama Shams, Director-General of the Railway Authority and acting head of the MoPW, and Nadima Sahar, head of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training department (TVET) on Saturday. Shams said that the

29 August 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that the Taliban had killed 67 civilians in attacks carried over the past week. MoI spokesperson Tariq Arian wrote on Twitter on Saturday, that Taliban insurgents had carried out 446 attacks across 27 provinces during the week, wounding 179 civilians. Arian said the highest casualties were reported in Balkh province where 17 were killed and 72 injured, followed by

29 August 2020

Acting Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar met with the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Aripov welcomed Atmar’s visit to Tashkent and said Uzbekistan was ready to develop and expand relations in various fields with Afghanistan, including electricity. He was referring to the deal signed between the two nations that would establish a 550kV power transmission line for

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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said three new cases of Coronavirus tested positive in the past 24 hours. The government’s laboratories in Nangarhar, Parwan and Daykundi provinces were able to test 60 samples in the past day. The MoPH data showed no deaths had been reported while four patients had recovered. The country has confirmed 38,143 COVID-19

29 August 2020

Taliban insurgents suffered “heavy casualties” during security and defence forces operations in Kunduz province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Saturday. MoD spokesperson Fawad Aman said that 44 Taliban fighters were killed and 37 wounded in operations launched in the Imam Saheb district of the province. The security forces also cleared a village in the district

29 August 2020

The toll from Wednesday’s flash floods in Parwan have increased to 116 killed and 126 wounded, while the search for bodies continued on Saturday. Wahida Shahkar, the Parwan governor’s spokesperson, told Reporterly that the numbers will continue to increase and change as search and rescue operations in Charikar were still underway. According to the figures by the

29 August 2020

Two women taekwondo athletes were awarded a scholarship by the International Olympic committee (IOC) as they attempt to qualify for Tokyo 2020 which will be held in July 2021. The Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (NOC) said that Somayeh Gholami and Zahra Mirzaei will gain funding from the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Programme. The pair join taekwondo athletes Farzad

29 August 2020

President Ashraf Ghani spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron about the Taliban prisoner release and the peace process on Friday. The Presidential Palace said that the two leaders discussed the expansion of bilateral cooperation, the Afghan peace process, continuation of French aid to the country and the release of Taliban prisoners. Macron assured Ghani of their support to Afghanistan and the peace process and emphasized

29 August 2020

Qatar sent N-95 masks, medicines, pulse oximeters and other medical aid to Pakistan to facilitate Afghan refugees to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Ambassador of State of Qatar Sheikh Saud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Friday handed over the consignment to Pakistani Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Shehryar Khan Afridi. Afridi expressed his gratitude

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