A suicide automotive bombing on Sunday killed a minimum of 13 folks and wounded round 120 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province, officers mentioned.
The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, mentioned emergency employees had been treating dozens of individuals with each critical and lightweight accidents from the bombing. He anticipated the dying toll to rise.
Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Aran mentioned the automotive bombing struck close to the doorway of the provincial police chief’s workplace and different close by authorities buildings within the space.
No one instantly claimed accountability for the assault in Ghor, which comes amid an uptick in assaults by the Taliban as representatives of the group and Afghan authorities officers maintain their first-ever face-to-face talks in Qatar, the place the Taliban have had a political workplace for a few years. The negotiations are supposed to finish a long time of conflict. in Afghanistan.
Arif Aber, spokesperson for the provincial governor in Ghor, mentioned the blast was so robust that its sound may heard throughout Feroz Koh, the capital metropolis of the province.
“It damaged and partially destroyed a few government buildings, including the police chief’s office, the women’s affairs department and the provincial office for refugees,” Aber mentioned.
Peace talks ongoing
On Friday, the Taliban agreed to droop assaults in southern Afghanistan, which displaced 1000’s of residents in latest days. That got here after the U.S. vowed to halt all airstrikes and evening raids consistent with the peace settlement the U.S. signed with the Taliban in February.
The U.S. had been conducting airstrikes in assist of Afghan forces making an attempt to repel Taliban assaults in Helmand province, which threatened to derail the efforts to finish Afghanistan’s conflict.
The peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and Afghan authorities negotiators started in September, however after a ceremonious begin grew to become slowed down, primarily within the trivialities of Islamic jurisprudence.
While profitable negotiations are seen as important to ending the preventing, the withdrawal of American troops depends on the Taliban honouring its commitments from the February accord to not assist terror teams and combat all militants, most particularly the area’s affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).