Afghanistan- Car Bomb Kills 15 people, 50 injured

  • Among the dead are at least 13 civilians
  • On September 29th, an explosion in central Afghanistan caused the deaths of at least 14 civilians comprising mainly of women and children.
  • In the last decade the intra-Afghan conflict has claimed 100,000 lives.

A car bomb exploded near administrative buildings in Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan killing 15 people with dozens left nursing injuries. According to the Nangarhar’s Governor’s spokesperson, Attaullah Khogyani the car bomb was detonated in a suicide attack at the entrance of the Ghani Khel district headquarters building.

Security personnel arrive at the site of a truck bomb attack in Ghanikhil district, Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan,

Then more armed men allegedly tried to break into the building but were stopped and killed by the local security forces stationed therein.

Khogyani specified that among the dead are at least 13 civilians, including a woman and 4 children, and 2 members of the security forces with over fifty injured.

Though the attack wasn’t claimed by either the Taliban or the Islamic State terror groups which are active in the Afghan province of Nangarhar,

The spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, Tariq Arian, nonetheless blamed the attack on the Taliban. He adding that in the last two weeks the group has carried out 650 attacks that killed 69 people and injured 141 others.

On September 29th, an explosion in central Afghanistan caused the deaths of at least 14 civilians comprising mainly of women and children.

The Taliban have recently increased the frequency of attacks in the country, although they are still engaged in peace negotiations with the Afghan government, which began in Doha, Qatar, on 12 September.  If negotiations are successful, it could lead to the creation of a new political order for the country.

In light of this circumstance, both the Afghan executive and various actors of the international community have asked the Taliban to institute a ceasefire in the meantime as the talks proceed but the armed group has rejected the request.

At the moment, the intra-Afghan talks are going through a stalemate in which the US is trying to negotiate between the parties. The latest attempt dates back to October 1, when the United States Special Representative for Peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, met a Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar and their chief negotiator, Mawlawi Abdul Hakim, in Doha.

The stalemate seems to have arisen around two of the 20 articles that form the procedural rules for negotiations. That is the religious jurisprudence underlying the talks and the recognition of the US-Taliban agreement as a starting point for peace negotiations.

In Afghanistan, a car bomb killed 15 people.

The other 18 articles have already been agreed on by both parties. The last time the contact groups from both sides met was on the evening of 29 September. The meeting lasted a few hours but it was not possible to reach an agreement.

Achieving internal peace in Afghanistan is an increasingly urgent need for the country. To date, it is estimated that the intra-Afghan conflict, now in its 19th year, in 2019 alone, caused the death or injuries of at least 10,000 people and that in the last decade it has claimed 100,000 lives.

In addition to the deaths, the war in Afghanistan has also destroyed the country’s economy where 90% of the population lives below the poverty line. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently said that the country is merely relying on foreign aid with Washington being it’s main donor.

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Vincent otegno

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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