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The National Directorate of Security (NDS) issued a statement confirming the death of Muhammad Hanif, a senior leader of the Al-Qaeda in Farah provine.
According to the NDS, the detainee was a main resident of Karachi, Pakistan.
The National Directorate of Security said the al-Qaeda leader for the Indian subcontinent was initially a member of the Taliban and joined al-Qaeda after 2010.
NDS added that he went to Helmand province in 2010 in cooperation with the Taliban and then to Farah province. He has worked in Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces.
The statement added that the al-Qaeda leader had “close” ties with the Taliban in the Indian subcontinent and was teaching the Taliban fighters how to plant explosives, make car bombs and make improvised explosive devices.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) also said that two Pakistani nationals were detained during the operation.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) says more than 580 released Taliban prisoners have returned to the battlefields to fight with the security forces.
MoI spokesman Tariq Arian in a video clip said that many of the released prisoners had been killed in fighting with Afghan security forces.
Arian noted that the Taliban had escalated their violence in the past month by changing their approach, resulting in thousands of casualties and financial losses.
He added that the Taliban car bombs in a number of districts of the country had destroyed residential houses and public facilities, and that dozens of civilians had been killed or wounded.
The MoI spokesman added that the Taliban have not stand by any of their commitments and are killing Afghans every day.
Arian stressed that the Afghan security and defense forces will respond to the Taliban with all their might.
The Afghan government has released 5,000 Taliban prisoners under a US-Taliban peace agreement signed last year in Doha, Qatar.
Local officials in Kunduz province say at least four soldiers were killed in Taliban’s attack on an army outpost in Khanabad district the province.
The spokesman of Kunduz governor, Esmatullah Muradi said that the incident happened in Tape Akhtar area on Monday night which two other soldiers were wounded and one more gone missing.
In the meantime, Muradi said that Taliban were hiding in a residential house after the attack which targeted by the airstrikes of Afghan air forces.
He said at least five civilians were killed and two more were wounded in the airstrikes and the Taliban also suffered heavy casualties.
However, the Taliban group has claimed to destroy the outpost in Tape Akhtar area.
First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said he had handed over the responsibility of organizing the distribution of Pakistani visas in Kabul to Khoshal Sadat, General Director of Public Protection Force.
Saleh wrote on his Facebook page that passports would be collected in 16 parts of the city and then be sent to the Pakistani embassy to ease the traffic congestion and create order.
He said it was decided that the responsibility should be handed over to Khushal Saadat at the 6:30 am meeting under the security pact.
According to him, the issue is being taken up in coordination with the Pakistani embassy and the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday reported 166 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 566 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported three death and 233 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 42,463, the number of total reported deaths is 1,577, and the total number of recoveries is 34,954.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Bamiyan, Daikundi, Nimroz, Parwan, Ghor, Logar, Panjshir and Zabul provinces.
Afghan local officials have confirmed that at least four local police were killed after Taliban insurgents stormed security outposts in Pul-e Alam city of Logar province.
The spokesman of Logar governor, Didar Lawang said the Taliban launched attacks in Alozi Ha village on Monday night.
Lawang noted that at least one police soldier was also wounded in the incident.
He added that at least five Taliban militants were killed and three more were wounded in the clashes.
At least five people were assassinated in two separate incidents on the first day of implementing the “restriction of motorcycles with two passengers” plan in Herat, which was carried out to curb crimes.
Police confirmed that three people were injured and two others were killed in the incidents.
A number of motorcyclists in Herat believe that senior security officials, in order to cover up their failure to curb crime, want to deceive people by restricting the movement of motorcycles. They say the implementation of this plan would not be effective in curbing crimes and consider it a fruitless step.
Herat Police acknowledges that the implementation of the plan to restrict motorcycle traffic has been problematic, but will continue until the crime rate is reduced.
Lack of security forces in police ranks and people’s ignorance of the restriction of motorcycle traffic are the reasons for the failure of this plan on its first day.
Faryab security officials say four security forces have been killed in a car bomb attack near a police headquarter in Almar district of the province.
“A car bomb exploded at around 00:00am today on the Almar district police headquarters, which is surrounded by schools, mosques and residential houses,” Faryab police spokesman Abdul Karim Yurish told Reporterly.
Dozens of shops were also damaged in the attack.
Yorish also said that a clash erupted between the insurgents and the security forces after the car bomb explpsion which lasted for four and a half hours.
According to him, four policemen were killed, five more were wounded and ten civilians were also killed and wounded in the incident.
The Faryab Police spokesman cited that the acting police chief of Almar district named Bismillah is also among the injured.
Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yourish said the attack was carried out by the Taliban.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the attack.
It is predicted that three million tons of products would be imported to and exported from the country annually if Khaf-Herat Railway to Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif is connected.
Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami has said, “Once Khaf-Herat railway is connected, the objective of transit of 1.8 million tons of goods would be realized.”
It is scheduled that Khaf-Herat Railway would be inaugurated in late November, the roads minister added.
He pointed to the key and important role of this railway project in the increasing volume of trade exchanges and transit volume of the country as well as the expansion of economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan and added, “Rail connection of Iran to neighboring countries and its development from all possible routes has always been emphasized to increase the share of transit by rail.”
By implementing this giant project, suitable ways will be provided for the country to transit cargo and passenger to Afghanistan and also to other destinations including European countries such as Turkey and the Indian Ocean, he said.
Iran and Uzbekistan stressed the need to reduce violence and establish a ceasefire as an important step in alleviating the suffering of Afghan people.
Special representative of Iranian Foreign Ministry for Afghanistan Affairs Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian met and held talk with Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Affairs, Ismatulla Irgashev on Monday.
In this bilateral talk, the two sides exchanged their view on the latest developments in Afghanistan especially intra-Afghan talks.
Iranian and Uzbekistan special envoys for Afghanistan Affairs emphasized the need for reducing violence and establishing ceasefire as an important step towards alleviation of problems facing Afghan people.
They pointed out that ‘negotiation’ and reaching an understanding’ are the only reassuring way to create lasting stability and peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has said his government had focused on enhancing trade relations with Afghanistan for economic stability and prosperity of the entire region.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan would inaugurate Rashakai Economic Zone on November 21, that would boost trade and development of the area.
Pakistani Defense Minister Pervez Khattak also said boosting trade with Afghanistan would not only generate employment opportunities in both the countries but would be also helpful in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Asad Qaiser said Pakistan was committed to peace process in Afghanistan adding regional development and peace in Pakistan was linked with restoration of law and order situation in Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan had invited Afghanistan to join CPEC so that it could also achieve development and prosperity.