A statement issued by the state governor’s office said on Saturday, “At least 14 Taliban militants, including Maulvi Abdul Rahman and a number of other key commanders, were killed, and 7 others, including foreigners, were wounded in two air strikes in Shirzad district in the eastern province of Nangarhar. On Saturday evening … no civilians were injured in the attacks. ”
On Saturday, the Afghan Taliban condemned a bombing that rocked a school west of the capital, Kabul, and left dead and wounded, blaming the Afghan government for such attacks that target civilians.
A statement by the movement’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said: “We condemn the bombing that took place today in the Dasht-Barchi area in Kabul, which targeted civilians, and unfortunately caused heavy losses.”
The statement continued, “Such actions are the work of the infamous groups that operate under the guise of the Kabul administration and intelligence under the name of ISIS.”
Yesterday, about 13 people were killed in an explosion in front of a school west of the Afghan capital, eyewitnesses told “Sputnik” on Saturday.
Witnesses said that at least 13 people were killed in an explosion in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada School in the Dasht-Burji neighborhood in District 13, west of Kabul.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Tariq Aryan, said on “Twitter” that 35 people were taken to hospitals due to the explosion, which he described as a “major terrorist crime.”
Afghanistan suffers from frequent violence and bloody confrontations between Afghan government forces and the extremist “Taliban” movement. Despite the two parties’ engagement in peace talks in order to reach a permanent ceasefire agreement and discuss the country’s political future.
After negotiations that lasted for several years and stalled more than once, the United States and the “Taliban” movement signed, in February 2020, in the Qatari capital, Doha, a historic agreement organizing a gradual withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, and paving the way for direct negotiations between the Kabul government and the “Taliban”.
A peace conference will be held in Afghanistan, hosted by Turkey, to discuss the ceasefire, prisoner release, future governance, and the effectiveness of negotiations between the Afghan parties.