Afghanistan: at least eight dead after series of heavy explosions in Kabul

A series of strong explosions rocked the center of Kabul on Saturday (November 21) and at least eight people were killed, said the spokesman of the Minister of the Interior Tariq Arian. “Around 8:40 am this morning, the terrorists fired 23 rockets at the city”, assured the latter. Afghan capital police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz confirmed these details and toll. The explosions occurred in densely populated areas of the Afghan capital near the Green Zone where there are embassies and international companies.

No claims have yet been made, but Afghan government officials have blamed the Taliban. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the insurgents, however, said the attack did not “nothing to see” with the group. “We do not shoot blind in public places”, he added. Ross Wilson, the US charge d’affaires in Kabul, condemned the attack on Twitter. “The United States will continue to work with our Afghan partners to avoid this type of attack”, he wrote.

The Afghan interior ministry also said two small “sticky bomb” explosions were reported earlier on Saturday, including one that hit a police car, killing a policeman and injuring three others. The attack comes ahead of meetings scheduled for Saturday in Doha, capital of Qatar, between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban and Afghan government negotiators, which he is to see separately.

The Taliban pledged not to attack urban areas under a US military withdrawal agreement, but officials in Kabul have accused insurgents of other recent attacks in the capital. Earlier in the week, the Pentagon announced the upcoming withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from Afghanistan, accelerating the timetable established in an agreement signed in February in Doha between Washington and the Taliban which confirmed the complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. mid-2021. Donald Trump, like Joe Biden, wants to end the war in Afghanistan.

A wave of violence has rocked the country for months. In the past six months, the Taliban have carried out 53 suicide attacks and set off 1,250 explosions, which have left 1,210 civilians dead and 2,500 injured, the Interior Ministry spokesman said this week. Tariq Arian.

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