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Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Kabul

KABUL (AFP): A gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shia mosque in Kabul before he detonated explosives on Friday, police said, in the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital.

“A suicide bomber entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city. The attacker opened fire on worshippers,” Kabul Crime Branch chief Gen Mohammad Salim Almas told AFP.

An Afghan official at the interior ministry said the suicide bombing killed at least 30 people and wounded 45. According to TOLO News, eyewitnesses said that women and children were among the victims of the mosque attack.

Maj Gen Alimast Momand said the attacker was on foot and walked into the mosque in the city’s Dashti Barch area. No group has claimed responsibility so far.

However, recent assaults on Shia mosques have been carried out by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

The last attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul happened on September 29 as Muslims prepared to commemorate Ashura, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Six people were killed when a suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew him up near Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shia centres in the city, as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.

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Recent clashes between IS, Taliban displace hundreds of families in Khugiyani

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JALALABAD: Hundreds of families left their houses in Khugiyani area because of the ongoing clashes between the Islamic State (IS) and Taliban which forced them to take shelter in other areas.

As per the local media outlet the IS fighters were on the advance and recently attacked the security check-posts in Waziro Tangi area of Khugiyani district of Nangarhar province.

Abdul Ahad, a resident of Kaga Bazaar told media persons that the IS fighters moving from Sapari area of Zawa and due to this fear, the residents of the area started leaving the area and taking shelters in the other areas.

He added that hundreds of families have migrated to Zawa, Waziro, Pera Khel and other areas where they could not find vehicles to transport them to safer place. However, some people were also trying to migrate on donkeys and horses.

Ahad added that around 1000 families had left their homes today, he said. Hundreds of more families had left their homes for safer areas over the past few days.

Police official in Khugiyani said gunfight occurred between Taliban and IS fighters in Waziro Tangi area on Thursday, but, the security forces were not involved in the clash.
Ghulam Haider Faqirzai, Chairman of displaced and migrated people in Nangarhar, said to media persons that people had left their homes in Khugiyani but only 38 families had been registered so far.

The registration of displaced people would continue tomorrow, he said. Eight teams would be sent to Khugiyani and Chamtala for necessary actions, he added.

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khugiyani said that over 700 families had been displaced so far. He added that an emergency security meeting was in progress at the 201 Sailab military corps headquarters to discuss the overall situation in Khugiyani district.

Taliban members told that IS fighter were on the advance and after capturing five districts of Nangarhar, now they are on the move towards the capital and people of the area were compel to leave the area to take shelter in the safer place.

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President Ghani vows to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan

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KABUL: President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that the terrorists and armed groups have no option other than elimination or surrender before the security forces.

Ghani said this while issuing statement from President House on the recent wave of terrorism. Ghani added that terrorists trying to target our security forces and innocent civilian with the aim to weakened us and our morale but they will not be succeeded in their games.

Ghani blamed that the terrorist groups linked to the outsiders and in the recent attacks they targeted security forces and civilian in different parts of the country. After committing crimes and acts of savagery against humanity in Ghazni and Paktia, the inhuman group calling us Taliban attacked the security forces in Maiwand district of Kandahar.

He added that terrorists groups are eliminated from the communities and now the terrorists have no other option to surrender before the force and adding that again calling them to stop their inhuman acts against the Afghans otherwise they will be dealt with iron hands.

He said the Afghan security forces continue to defend from the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country with their blood and their bravery will be written in golden scripts in the history of the country.

President Ghani also added that the Afghan forces remain in the frontline in the fight against terrorism and the international community and the Afghan people will always remain thankful for their devotion.


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Six Taliban fighters killed in AAF Airstrikes

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KUNDUZ: As many as six Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike conducted by Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Kunduz province.

A spokesman for 209 Shaheen Military Corps, Nasratullah Jamshidi told local media outlet that Afghan Air Force conducted airstrike against the Taliban fighters in Imam Sahib District of Kunduz province and adding that AAF targeted the Taliban hideouts and killed six Taliban fighters and also injured six others.

Jamshidi added that three safe heavens of insurgents and cache of weapons were destroyed in the airstrikes.    

The Taliban have not yet commented over the airstrike.

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At least 43 ANA soldiers killed in Taliban attack

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KANDAHAR: As many as 43 solder of Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed and nine other were injured in a Taliban suicide attack on the army base camp in Maiwand district in Kandahar province.

Security officials told that as many as 43 soldiers of ANA were killed and nine others were injured when two suicide attackers detonated their explosive-laden vehicles. Following the suicide attacks, the Taliban fighters also attacks the bases and gunfire was started between the Taliban fighters and security forces.

The sources said that despite the heavy attack of Taliban; however they did not managed to capture the base because the foreign forces carried out carried out an airstrike in which 10 Taliban fighters were killed.

Provincial police chief of Kandahar, Gen. Abdul Raziq, has confirmed the attack on the base but did not provide further details.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Paktia blasts: Death Toll Rises To 41

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GARDEZ: At least 41 people including 21 security force members and 20 civilians were killed and 158 people were injured in twin blasts and Taliban attack on police training center in Gardez city of Paktia

The deputy Interior Minister, Gen. Murad Ali Murad confirmed that 41 people were killed and 158 were injured including 48 security force members and 110 civilians in twin blasts and Taliban attack on the police training center.

He added that seven gunmen started attack around 9.30am which was continued for four hours.

Paktia police chief, Toryalai Abdyani was also killed in the deadly suicide bombing at a police headquarters.

Murad said Abdyani’s body was transferred to Kabul in Tuesday afternoon.

The Paktia Police Headquarters and the 303 Police Zone Headquarters are located at the site, which was a heavily equipped area, he said.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah who landed in Gardez City on Tuesday evening sent his condolences to the victims’ families, saying that government will investigate the incident.

President Ashraf Ghani also condemned the attack on Tuesday afternoon.

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Civilian killed, three policemen injured grenade attack

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KABUL: The unknown militants attacked the police check post in Kabul city on Tuesday night in which one civilian killed and three policemen were injured in hand grenade attack.

The local officials told that the incident happened in Pul-e-Bagh Omumi area of Kabul city when unknown miscreants threw three hand grenades at the police check post.

Police officials confirmed that the injured policemen are in stable condition and improving their health.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.


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Taliban retake Janikhail District from Afghan forces

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JANIKHAIL: Taliban gunmen took control of Janikhail district of Paktia early Tuesday morning after three days of heavy gunfire with the security forces.

Local media outlet reported that after a heavy fight between the Taliban fighters and security forces for three, the Taliban took control of the center of Janikhail district of Paktia.

However the provincial police Chief, Toryalai Abdiyani rejected the claims and adding that the clashes were continuing between the fighters and insurgents. He agreed that some check posts were in control of Taliban but most of the district was in control of police force.

Meanwhile, General Abdul Wasi Milad claimed that more than 11 Taliban fighters were killed in the fighting so far.

The Taliban activities were increased in parts of Afghanistan and they took control of several areas of the country after starting fight against the security forces.

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Important Taliban leader arrested In Samangan

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KABUL: Security forces arrested a senior Taliban leader in operation conducted in Samangan province on Monday.

Samangan police told local media that the Taliban leader identified as Shafiullah, was involved in number of attacks in Darahsof district of the province and as per the Police official, Shafi ullah confessed his crimes in the initial investigation.

Taliban has not yet commented.

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Two ANA soldiers killed in Kunduz

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KUNDUZ: As many as two Afghan National Army soldiers were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in Kunduz city on Sunday.

As per the official of ANA, the unknown gunmen shot dead two soldiers in Angoor Bagh area of Kunduz as they were buying something from the market when the armed men attacked on them in which both the soldier died on the spot.

Governor of Aliabad district Khalideen Khalid also confirmed the incident and adding that Angoor Bagh area is located close to airport near Aliabad district.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.