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At least 18 security personnel were killed and eight more were wounded in Taliban attacks in Nangarhar and Takhar provinces.
Four security forces were killed and two others were wounded during a Taliban attack in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar in the early hours of Thursday. During the clashes, 10 Taliban members were also killed and several others were wounded, said Ataullah Khogyani, spokesperson for the Nangarhar governor.
At least 13 People’s Uprising Forces and a border policeman were killed and six more security personnel were wounded in a late-night attack in the Khwaja Bahauddin district of Takhar on Thursday, said spokesperson for the Takhar governor, Jawad Hijri.
In the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz, a mortar killed at least three children when it landed on their house, locals said. Security forces have yet to comment on who fired the round.
A roadside mine in the Dawlat Yar district of Ghor province, killed at least five civilians on Thursday, local officials said.
Special Operations Corps said a Taliban attack on the Patkhab village of Logar’s provincial capital was countered, killing a militant commander identified as Abdullah, on Wednesday. Another Taliban fighter was arrested during the clash.
At least eight Taliban members were killed and four more were wounded in clashes with Afghan security forces in Panjwayi district of Kandahar on Wednesday, said the Special Operations Corps.
The Ministry of Defence said that two mines planted by the Taliban along public roads in the Deh Sabz and Paghman districts of Kabul were discovered and managed by the Afghan National Army.
Local officials in Badghis confirmed that Deputy Governor Faiz Mohammad Mirzazada has been fired from his office following protests by people in the province, and the plane carrying the newly-appointed provincial governor will not be allowed to land.
Mohammad Naser Nazari, a member of Badghis Provincial Council, told Reporterly on Thursday that the protests were due to the non-inclusion of the people of Badghis in the central and local government.
He said people blockaded the Qala-e-Naw airport and would not allow the airplane carrying Governor Gen. Juma Gul Hemat to land.
They then demanded for the deputy governor to be fired from his post.
Nazari said this was done because the central government had not included enough officials from the Badghis cadre.
The protests started on Thursday morning, and while no violent clashes have been reported, steps were taken to prevent the introduction of the new governor.
A local source confirmed the incident and said the situation on the ground was deteriorating.
“Badghis province has neither a head nor an owner,” the source told, and declined to give further details.
In the past 24 hours, 368 suspected coronavirus samples have been tested in the ministry’s laboratories, with 102 positive, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said.
The number of people infected with Coronavirus in Afghanistan has increased to 37,861 people so far.
New cases were reported in the provinces of Badakhshan (28), Ghor (23), Takhar (14), Daykundi (13), Kabul (10), Herat (5), Kunduz (4), Bamyan(3) and Baghlan (2).
According to the MoPH, 365 people had recovered in the past day, while 2 had died.
So far, 27,655 people had recovered from the virus while 1,385 had succumbed to it.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attacks in Kabul this week that targeted civilians involved in peace efforts and urged the government to launch an investigation.
In a tweet on Thursday, UNAMA referred to the killing of Mir Abdulbaqi Amin, head of the science council at the Ministry of Education, and the attack on Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan government’s peace negotiating team.
“The killing of peace activist Abdulbaqi Amin and attack against peace negotiator Fawzia Koofi are deplorable. Perpetrators must face justice,” the mission wrote.
Amin was killed in an explosion in Kabul city’s PD5 on Wednesday. His driver was also wounded. Security agencies said the mine was planted inside his car.
On Friday, Koofi was shot in the hand during an attempted assassination as the Qarabagh district of Kabul.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) also said they were concerned about the casualties in targeted attacks on Wednesday and urged the government to identify the perpetrators.
At least 13 members of the local People’s Uprising Forces were killed and four others wounded in a late-night attack in Takhar on Thursday.
Jawad Hijri, spokesperson for the Takhar governor, told Reporterly that the clashes started at around 0:30 am when Taliban attacked a security checkpoint of a pro-government fighter named Malek Tatar in the Khwaja Bahauddin district of the province.
The clashes lasted for over two hours and several Taliban members were also injured.
Hijri said that border forces had been sent to the area and that Taliban attack had been repulsed.