President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday condemned the Taliban attack in Firozkoh, the capital of Ghor, where at least 12 people were killed and 100 were wounded in a car bomb explosion. The statement released by the Presidential Palace said that such attacks reflect the Taliban’s attitude regarding the war and undermines the aspirations of Afghans to end the conflict through peaceful dialogue. “The government of

18 October 2020

Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh said the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) is facing many challenges and needs to implement comprehensive reforms. Speaking at the World Standards Day celebrations being held by ANSA on Sunday, Danesh said reforms were needed, along with the review of policies and plans to seriously combat corruption. He said that ANSA had so far approved 656 standards, which is a

18 October 2020

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) issued a statement on Sunday, expressing concern over the escalation of criminal activity and insecurity in Kabul and other provinces. The rights body called on the government to address the root causes of the economic and social factors that lead to criminal activities in order to fight crime. “Citizens' right to life and enjoyment of physical, mental and

18 October 2020

Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, said that attacks, such as the one in Ghor, are against the principles of peace being discussed in Doha. Abdullah, who is on an official trip to Iran, shared a Facebook post on Sunday, condemning the car bomb explosion near the police headquarter in Ghor centre, Firozkoh, that killed at least 12 civilians and

18 October 2020

Provincial officials confirmed that three government forces were killed during an attack by the Taliban in Kunduz on Saturday night. Kunduz governor's spokesperson Esmatullah Moradi told Reporterly on Sunday, that the Taliban had launched attacks on Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoints in the Dehqan Qeshlaq area of Imam Sahib district. The Taliban attack was repulsed after several

18 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 59 new Coronavirus cases from the 476 samples tested in the government’s laboratories in the past 24 hours in Afghanistan. The MoPH reported four deaths and 53 recoveries, pushing those figures to 1,492 dead and 33,614 recovered from COVID-19. The new cases were reported in the provinces of Kabul, Herat,

18 October 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that at least 20 people were killed and wounded in an explosion near the Ghor Police Command compound on Sunday. Tariq Arian, spokesperson for the MoI, said an explosion was reported at around 11 a.m. in Firozkoh city (Chaghcharan), the provincial centre. He said “terrorists” blew up an explosive-laden Corolla in front

18 October 2020

Takhar police officials said that a school principal and a teacher were killed by the Taliban in the provincial capital of Taloqan city on Saturday night for being pro-government. Khalil Asir, spokesperson for Takhar Police Command, told Reporterly on Sunday, that the Taliban had killed Saif al-Rahman, principal of the Shamar High School, and Maulvi Abdul Karim, a teacher at the school and a

18 October 2020

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who is in charge of Kabul city’s security, said he will return "real and mental security" back to the people of the capital, in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Criminals have two choices – behind prison bar or stop crimes,” he said. He warned that undocumented vehicles, which have been a problem for years, will be confiscated. Such vehicles make it

18 October 2020

Herat security officials said they managed to locate 140 stolen sheep and goats in Injil and Guzara districts of the province and handed them over to their owners. Abdul Ahad Valizadeh, spokesperson for the Herat Police Command, told Reporterly on Sunday, that the livestock was stolen from Guzara district, and three people from Injil had been

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