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Female Afghan MP dies in a traffic incident

JALALABAD(KhaamaPress): A female Afghan lawmaker of the Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, died in a traffic incident in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said Parveen Nuristani representing the eastern Nuristan province in the Lower House of the Parliament died in the outskirts of Jalalabad city late on Monday.

The statement further added that Nuristani was travelling in Darunta area in the outskirts of Jalalabad when her car crashed.

At least three others were also wounded in the incident, the statement said, adding that the dead body of the MP has been shifted to Jalalabad hospital.

Provincial governor Gulab Mangal expressed grief regarding the loss of the life of the MP, calling her an active woman with her death being a major loss for the women of the country.

The majority of the road accidents are taking place due to bad conditions of the roads, lack of traffic signs as well as reckless driving which largely contributes to deadly incidents in the country.

This comes as at least 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in a similar incident in eastern Laghman province nearly two months ago.

At least 20 people were killed in separate road accidents on Kabul-Jalalabad highway earlier this year.


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Attack on Iraqi embassy comes to end as four suicide bombers killed

KABUL(AIP):The coordinated attack on the embassy of Iraq in Kabul came to an end at around 3 pm as all the four suicide bombers were killed, the interior ministry announced on Monday .

According to a press release issued by the interior ministry, only an Afghan cop was injured in the attack. The Afghan forces and Iraqi diplomats did not suffer any casualties.

The press release said a suicide bomber exploded himself near the Iraqi embassy in Shahr-e-Naw area. Later, three more attackers entered the embassy building.

The police reached the area in time, it said, adding all the four attackers were killed after a gunfight of about four hours.

It was learnt that three Iraqi citizens were working in the embassy. One of them was acting ambassador and two were ordinary employees. Spokesman for the foreign ministry of Iraq, Ahmad Jamal said on his formal Twitter account that their ambassador had been shifted to the Egyptian embassy. Efforts were also put to save the other two employees.

The press release issued by the interior ministry did not give accurate information about casualties. However, the AIP correspondent in Kabul said he saw three ambulances, taking injured people to the hospital.

Some sources said two Afghan police personnel providing protection to the embassy were killed in the attack. The emergency hospital in Kabul said on its Twitter account that they have received two injured people from the site.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Afghanistan condemned the attack and said in a press release that attacks on diplomatic facilities could not be justified in any law.

On the other side, the Islamic State or Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on their social accounts and Amaq News Agency. It stated two persons launched the attack. One of them blew himself up while the other conducted armed attack.

The acting ambassador of Iraq in Kabul recently told reporters that the Islamic State or Daesh gunmen have been expelled from Mosul city of Iraq. He said there were no fears about the traveling of Daesh gunmen to Afghanistan.

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Afghan forces thwart a deadly explosion in Jalalabad city

JALALABAD (Khaama Press): The Afghan security forces have foiled a plot by the anti-government armed militant group to carry out a deadly explosion in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province.

According to the local government officials, the militants were attempting to detonate a motorcycle packed with heavy explosives in the city but the motorcycle was discovered before the militants manage to carry out an attack.

The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed that the motorcycle packed with explosives was seized from the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city.

The statement further added that the militants had parked the motorcycle on a roadside and were apparently waiting to detonate it upon the arrival of their target.

The explosives seized from the motorcycle was detonated in an empty area to prevent casualties or losses to the civilians, the provincial government said, adding that the confiscation of the motorcycle by the security forces helped to prevent a deadly attack that could claim the lives of dozens of people.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban regime but the anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban and ISIS loyalists have started attempts to expand their insurgency in some key and remote districts of the province.

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Afghan forces repulse Taliban attacks in Badghis

HERAT (AIP): Taliban gunmen targeted several posts of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province as they increased attacks in Afghanistan following the launch of their traditional spring offensive, officials said Sunday.

The fighting sparked by Taliban attacks on ANA posts in the Joye Khwaja area of Bala Murghab district last night lasted for several hours, said Zaher Bahand, spokesman of Badghis governor.

He said five Taliban were killed while 10 Taliban two troops wounded during the firefight, adding the fighting has ended and situation was clam in the area.

There was no word by Taliban who have increased coordinated attacks on district centres for the last few weeks and seized three district centres in Faryab, Ghor and Paktia province.

The security forces recaptured the Kohistan district of Faryab province while most parts of Tywara district of Ghor province were also cleared of Taliban.

However, the Janikhil district of Paktia province is still in the control of Taliban.

Few days ago, the Taliban mounted a deadliest attack on an ANA base in Khakrez district of Kandahar province wherein, according to defence ministry,  26 ANA troops were killed and 13 others wounded.

The defence ministry said investigations were ongoing into the attack.

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Illegal armed commander killed, 3 guards injured in clash

KUNDUZ (AIP): A warlord was killed and his three guards wounded during a clash with local residents in the Bangi district of northern Takhar province, residents said Sunday.
The illegal armed commander and his guards forcibly searched houses of several local residents in the Bangi district yesterday and also physically beaten them, local residents told AIP by phone.
Later, an armed clash took place between the local residents and Commander Mirwais, they said, adding the commander was killed and his three supporters injured during the clash.
The local residents alleged the slain commander was a close associate of highway police commander Mullah Nadar and used government resources in attack.
Khalil Aseer, spokesman of Takhar police confirmed the incident, saying Mirwais was killed in clash with other illegal gunmen. He said investigations were ongoing.
It is said that Commander Mirwaish was leading a 150 member of gunmen.
The operation of illegal gunmen or warlords have increased in the northeastern Takhar, Kunduz, Baghlan and Badakhshan provinces, spreading concern among the masses.
According to local residents, these illegal gunmen are enjoying the support of high-ranking government officials and politicians.

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Pakistani scholarship attracts thousands of Afghan students

KABUL (AFP): Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan has started a four-day process of examination for scholarship in its Kabul based headquarter and its diplomatic missions in other Afghan cities, drawing attention of around 8,000 students to join to test, a private local news agency reported.

Quoting Akhtar Munir, the press attaché of the embassy, the agency reported that the test with some 8,000 Afghan online applicants would be overseen by a delegation of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Mohammad Abid, a student who took part in the test, thanked Pakistani government for providing higher education opportunities for Afghan students. He said the test was conducted in transparent manner but he complained the paper was difficult.

Wasim Hashmi, an advisor to Human Resource Development at Education Commission of the host country, said that Pakistan had approved master and doctorate scholarships for Afghan students for the first time, in addition to bachelor scholarships.

The scholarship includes medicine, engineering, law, economics, pharmacy, computer science and other disciplines, as well as tuition fee, health expenditures, hostel fee and food charges. Successful candidates will also receive monthly pocket money.

In the past, most of Afghan students were unable to complete studies because of language difficulties, but now they will be provided a six-month language course ahead of beginning main course studies, according to the report.

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Afghan woman rescued before falling victim to suspected honor killing

F.P. Report

NANGARHAR: Amid a rapid rise in violence against women across the country, the police forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan rescued a woman as two men were attempting to murder for for unknown reasons.

The two men were apparently attempting to murder in the name of honor but the local officials are saying that the main motive has not been ascertained so far.

The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed the incident and said one of the suspects has been arrested and is in custody of the police forces.

The statement further added that the two have been identified as Hokom Khan and Waziri who were attempting to kill the young woman in Behsud district.

According to the provincial government, Wazir has confessed to his crime for the attempted murder and efforts are underway to arrest Hokom Khan in connection to the incident.

This comes as incidents involving violence against women are on the rise in the remote parts of the country amid rampant violence against the women.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission officials said last year that they have recorded around 3,000 cases of violence against women and young girls.

The officials further added that the cases belonged to the year 1395 and mainly involved rape cases, forced marriage, and other forms of domestic violence.




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Hizb-e-Islami Commander Ready to Support ANDSF against Taliban

F.P. Report

KABUL: A local Hizb-e-Islami commander says he has at least 1,000 armed men and is ready to cooperate with the Afghan forces in the fight against the Taliban.

A local commander of Hizb-e-Islami in Baghlan has said that he is ready to support the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) against the Taliban in the central province.

Mirwais Jihadyar, who has at least 1,000 fighters, said from now on, he will fight against those groups which threaten the national interests of Afghans.

He claimed that he controls the areas that are out of government’s control in Baghlan, especially in Baghlan-e-Markazai district.

The Hizb-e-Islami commander said they have local courts where they address peoples’ judicial problems.

According to him, he has control over 150 villages in the province.

“We fight and stop those who by foreigners’ order fight against people and harm them,” said Jihadyar.

On Saturday, two men visited the court – bringing murder and land dispute cases.

“My son is in prison. Government has put him behind bars for 20 years. I have come here and want Mirwais Khan to address my problem,” said Ismail, a resident of Baghlan-e-Markazi district.

“Our region is in the hand of Hizb-e-Islami and we know their good and bad points and we have come here to find a solution for our problems,” said Haji Ahmad Wali, another resident of the district

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Jawzjan Clashes: 12 Taliban killed

F.P. Report

KABUL: At least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with security forces in northern Jawzjan province, local officials confirmed on Sunday.

In addition, eight other insurgents were wounded. The clashes started on Saturday in Aqcha district of the province after Taliban insurgents launched an attack and security forces “responded killing 12 insurgents,” a spokesman for the provincial governor, Mohammad Reza Ghafoori said.

“One security force member was also killed and two others were wounded. The [security] forces have also cleared four villages so far but the clashes are still ongoing in some parts of the district,” Ghafoori said.

However, he did not provide further details. The Taliban has not yet commented.

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10 Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack: local media

HELMAND (AFP): At least 10 policemen were killed in a Taliban attack in Nawa district in Helmand province of Afghanistan, local media reported on Saturday, citing sources.

The militants attacked a police check post in Samad Square in Nawa district on Friday night, killing 10 policemen, Tolo News said, citing sources. Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak, however, stated that the attack killed two policemen and wounded 10 others. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 26 Afghan soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) said earlier this week.

The resurgent Taliban have been ramping up their campaign against beleaguered government forces, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country throughout the warmer weather fighting season.

Afghan security forces, beset by killings, desertions and nonexistent “ghost soldiers” on the payroll, have been struggling to beat back insurgents since US-led NATO troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.

According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.