- The attackers blew up a stolen military Humvee fully loaded with explosives inside the main compound of the base that is used by country’s intelligence agency.
- The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s order to resume offensive operations.
- The attack comes just a day after President Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power sharing agreement ending their power struggle.
At least nine people have been killed and 40 others injured after an attack at an army base in Ghazni, in Afghanistan. The spokesperson for the provincial governor, Arif Noori, said that eight of the wounded were in critical condition. He added that they had been transferred to Kabul for specialized treatment.
Noor said that the attackers blew up a stolen military Humvee fully loaded with explosives inside the main compound of the base that is used by country’s intelligence agency. He added that the explosion shattered windows more than a mile away in the city of Ghazni.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s order to resume offensive operations against the militants group. Ghani’s order came the very day dozens of Afghan citizens were killed in separate attacks.
In one incident, 24 people— including mothers, nurses and infants— were killed in an attack on a hospital in Kabul. In another attack, 32 people were killed at a funeral in Nangarhar Province. The Taliban denied taking parts in the attack in the two attacks.
That attack was claimed by the Islamic State. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack in the hospital, although its neighborhood is home to a large community of Hazaras, a minority of the Shia Muslims who are prone to attacks by the Islamic State.
This is the second attack for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. On Thursday last week, the group attacked Gardez city, in Afghanistan’s east, killing five people and injuring dozens. It is alleged that an army base was the target for the attack, but the truck filled with explosives blew up before it reached its target.
This was the first attack by the group in an urban center since the Taliban signed peace deals with the US in February. That peace deal will allow the US and NATO troops to leave the country.
Since then, the Taliban has stopped attacking US and NATO troops, but has continued to attack government security forces. The US has been trying to get the militant group and the government to start negotiation, but the efforts have been hampered by squabbles among the two groups.
The attack comes just a day after President Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power sharing agreement ending their power struggle. The two had declared themselves winners of last year’s presidential election. In the deal, Ghani will continue to serve as President, while Abdullah will lead the country’s National Reconciliation High Council for peace talks.
According to the spokesperson of the National Security Council, nearly 300 people have been killed by the Taliban, while Afghan forces have killed around 249 Taliban militants since the offensive began.