Regional – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:54:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blast Hits Wedding Ceremony in Logar, Leaving Four Dead Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:30:40 +0000

At least four people have been killed and seven others wounded when an explosion targeted a wedding ceremony in Logar province, officials said Saturday.

The Provincial Police’s Spokesman Shahpoor Ahmadzai said that the blast took place on Friday night in Safed Sang region of Mohammad Agha district of the province.

No individual or group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Logar has been among the relatively restive provinces of Afghanistan, where the militant groups mainly the Taliban are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.

At least 11 Killed, 18 Wounded in Blast at Election Rally in Takhar Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:57:42 +0000

At least 11 people were killed and 18 wounded when a motorcycle bomb blast hit an election campaign rally in northern Takhar province on Saturday, local officials said.

The explosion targeted candidate Nazifa Yousufi Beg’s rally in Rustaq district of the province, the Provincial Police Chief Nizamuddin Ghori

The official added that the candidate sustained no harms, following the incident.

Following the incident, the U.S. Ambassador in Kabul, John Bass “strongly” condemned the attack, saying if the Taliban is “serious” about pursuing peace, it should condemn the attack and punish those who are responsible. 

“I strongly condemn outrageous bombing of Takhar election rally. Taliban said they would not target civilians. Afghanistan elections & campaigns are inherently civilian. If Taliban is serious about pursuing peace, it will condemn today’s attack and punish those responsible,” Bass tweeted. 

No individual or group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Taliban is among the suspects as the militant group has recently vowed to target the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country and asked the people to boycott the process.

This is not the first time that candidates have been targeted during their election campaign process. Days ago, a blast hit the campaign office of a parliamentary candidate in southern Helmand province which left eight people killed.

21 Taliban Militants Killed in Maidan Wardak Airstrike Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:30:16 +0000 At least 21 Taliban insurgents were killed following an Afghan Special Operations Forces-related airstrike in Maidan Wardak province on Thursday, the command of Special Forces said in a statement.

According to the statement, the airstrike targeted a Taliban meeting which was held for planning to disrupt the upcoming election process.

“The targeted Taliban group was also involved in closure of Kabul-Ghazni route a few days ago,” the statement added.

The Special Forces command noted that seven Taliban local commanders were also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Abdul Karim Youresh, the spokesman of Faryab Police declared that a Taliban’s hideout was also targeted by NATO airstrikes in Qalay Wali area of the Ghormach district.

According to Youresh, at least ten Taliban insurgents including a commander named Qari Naser known as Ansar have been killed and three armored vehicles of Taliban equipped with heavy weapons have been destroyed.

This comes as the UN has recently reported that the number of Afghans killed or wounded by air strikes rose 39 per cent in the first nine months of 2018.

That figure accounted for eight percent of overall civilian casualties for the January to September period, which slipped to 8,050 – 2,798 dead and 5,252 injured.

Suicide Attack in Helmand Leaves Eight Dead Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:10:35 +0000

At least eight people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the office of a candidate running for upcoming parliamentary elections in southern Helmand province on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The incident took place at around 02:00 p.m. at the office of Mohammad Saleh Achakzay which also wounded 11 others, the provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak said.

The provincial government’s media office, meanwhile, said that the area is being cordoned off by the security forces and attempting to left the injured people from the site.

No individual or group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Helmand has been among the relatively restive provinces of Afghanistan where the insurgent groups mainly the Taliban is operating in its number of remote districts.

NATO Backs Ghani’s Stance on Privatizing War in Afghanistan Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:08:24 +0000 NATO on Tuesday announced its support from President Ashraf Ghani’s position who has rejected the use of private military contractors in Afghanistan’s war.

Speaking to reporters in northern Balkh province, Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan said that President Ghani has “clearly said no” to the idea of privatizing war in Afghanistan.

He added that NATO also has no plan to change its current support, assist and advise mission in the country.

Ambassador Zimmermann emphasized that  NATO head of states and governments in Brussels have confirmed that their efforts will remain the same in Afghanistan.

He also pointed to the upcoming parliamentary election in Afghanistan, saying the alliance is monitoring and supporting security of the election process along with Afghan forces.

Taliban Group Suffered 113 Casualties in Northern Afghanistan Mon, 08 Oct 2018 13:11:31 +0000 At least 113 Taliban insurgents have been killed in northern Afghanistan, an official confirmed on Monday.

Ghafoor Javid, spokesman for the Defense Ministry said that air and ground operations were conducted in Shirin-Tagab district of Faryab, as well as in Chahar-Bulak district of Balkh.

He added that the operations were conducted jointly by MoD and Resolute Support troops in which at least 113 Taliban insurgents were killed.

According to the statement, 11 militants have been arrested and nine more are wounded.

This comes as the Taliban militant group has threatened to carry out attacks targeting polling places during the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections in Afghanistan.

The group claimed in a statement that the upcoming elections were the US-led conspiracy and promised to target people ensuring the security of the electoral process.

Pakistan Consulate in Jalalabad to Resume Issuing Visa to Afghans Sat, 06 Oct 2018 14:41:00 +0000

Pakistan Consulate in Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province will resume issuing visas to Afghans from Tomorrow (Sunday), more than a month after being closed for security concerns, local officials said Saturday.

The provincial government media office in a statement said that the decision came after the consulate reached on an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Based on the schedule being set by the local governance, the residents of Rodat, Pacheragam, Chaparhar, Khogyani and Sherzad districts who hold national ID cards could receive visas on Sunday.

The residents of the other districts and provinces could also follow the set schedule for obtaining Pakistan visa. 

Earlier, the consulate was closed over alleged interference by the provincial governor and a lack of security.

In a letter sent to the Afghan foreign ministry, Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul had said that the consulate will remain closed until adequate security arrangements were made.

Four individuals Arrested in Connection with Voter Sticker Forgery Sat, 06 Oct 2018 11:33:19 +0000 The National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives have arrested four people on charges of forging voter stickers in Torkham town of Nangarhar province.

According to a statement released by NDS, Afghan security forces seized 4,466 fake voter registration stickers which were replaced in a Corolla type vehicle.

The statement said the fake stickers had been printed in Pakistan’s Peshawar and were being transported to Afghanistan for the upcoming election.

The detainees were identified as Badam Gul son of Khana Gul, Muhammad Fahim son of Muhammad Salim, Ataullah son of Hazrat Omar and Omran son of Rahman Gul.

In line with the election laws and the Penal Code, electoral violations are considered as crimes and the cases are referred by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) to the AGO which ultimately refers it to the corresponding courts for deliberation.

Son of Parliamentary Candidate Engages in Clashes with Security Forces in Nangarhar Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:36:39 +0000

Son of a candidate running in the upcoming parliamentary elections has engaged in armed clashes with the security forces in Nangarhar province, officials said Friday.

The 20 mins-long clashes began when Tariq Khairi son of Aman Khairi the parliamentary candidate and former advisor at Chief Executive Office was on his way with his security guards to attend a funeral on Friday afternoon and were prevented by the security forces, the provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said.

According to the official, after nearly half of an hour resistance, the security forces managed to arrest the individual with his eight bodyguards and seized some weapons and vehicles.

The detainees are under investigation of the security forces, Khogyani said.

Suicide Blast Hits Election Rally in Nangarhar, Kills At Least 10 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:15:45 +0000

A suspected suicide attack carried out at an election campaign rally in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, leaving at 10 killed and dozens of others wounded.

Ataullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman said that the incident took place in Kama district of the province when the suicide bomber targeted a campaign rally held by a parliamentary election candidate.

According to sources, at least 10 people were killed and 25 more were wounded in the incident.

No group including the Taliban and Islamic State immediately claimed responsibility of the attack.

Nangarhar has been among relatively restive provinces of Afghanistan, where the Taliban and Islamic State militant groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.

Rockets Hit Ghazni During President’s Visit Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:13:26 +0000 Multiple rockets hit the Ghazni city on Thursday, while President Ashraf Ghani was there for a visit to review the situation of the province.

At least two rockets landed within 300 meters of the governor’s compound where President Ghani was meeting local officials, while a third struck further off, local officials said.

First Lady Rula Ghani, Eng. Mohammad Khan, Dr. Rasoul Talib and several other officials are accompanying the president during his visit to Ghazni.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault and No one was killed or wounded in the latest attack.

According to the statement released by the Presidential Palace, President Ghani would also participate in a major gathering during his visit to the province.

Ghani Visits Ghazni to Assess Security Situation Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:50:09 +0000 President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday morning traveled to Ghazni province.

Ghani’s office said in a statement that the purpose of his visit is to assess the overall security situation of the province.

According to the statement, he will have separate meetings with civilian and military officials as well as representatives of people from various districts of the provinces during his visit.

In addition, he will also follow up on the promises he made during his visit to the province last month.

Border Police Prevent Pakistani Forces to Build Fence along Durand Line Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:11:41 +0000

Afghan border police in Kandahar have prevented the Pakistan forces to build fence at zero point of Durand Line in Shurabak district of the province, local officials said Tuesday.

The Provincial Police Spokesman Ahmad Zia Durrani said that Pakistani forces have not taken the move in coordination of the Afghan officials, and therefore, the security forces have prevented the Pakistani military to fence wire at zero point of the Durand Line in the province.

“There should be an agreement of Afghan authorities. Without having an accord they don’t have the right to build the fence in our territory. Our border forces will not allow anyone to invade on our homeland,” Durrani said.

Considering the move as illegal, Kandahar Provincial Council members, meanwhile, warned that if Pakistan forces continue to build the fence along the Durand Line, would face local residents’ resistance.

“I admire and support the response of the border forces’ action as a representative of the people,” said Attaullah Atta, a member of the provincial council.

This comes as Pakistani military officials insist that their fencing work along the Durand Line is aimed at improving security situation along the Pak-Afghan border.

Bus-Truck Collision in Farah Leaves at least 15 killed,  30 Wounded Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:06:01 +0000

At least 15 people including women and children were killed on Friday morning when a bus hit a truck in western Farah province, local officials said.

At least 30 other people were wounded by the incident which took place in Bakwa district of the province, officials said.

According to reports, the bus was traveling to Kandahar from Herat province when the incident happened.

Reckless driving, and poorly maintained vehicles are blamed for the deaths of hundreds of people every year in Afghanistan.

Bomb Blast Hits Jalalabad City of Nangarhar Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:51:53 +0000 At least five people wounded in an explosion in eastern Jalalabad City of Nangarhar province, officials said Thursday.

Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the blast took place early this morning in police district four of the City.

Eyewitnesses said the blast occurred inside a shop and as a result five people were injured.

The health condition of two victims reported as critical.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Nangarhar is among the volatile provinces in east of Afghanistan where both Taliban and Daesh insurgent groups have a presence.

GNCA Closes IEC Offices in Herat, Balkh and Kandahar Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:20:37 +0000

The Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan (GNCA) has closed the provincial offices of Independent Election Commission in Herat, Balkh and Kandahar provinces in a protest to force the commission to address its demands regarding the upcoming elections.

Thousands of GNCA supporters on Saturday closed the IEC office in Balkh province and held a sit-in tent outside the office.

Chanting “we don’t want rigged elections”, the protesters asked the election commission to address their demands for bringing reforms in the election process.

“Today, as you see, people [gathered here] asking for reforms. If they their demands were not addressed, they will continue demonstration,” said Sayed Qasem Salar, a member GNCA.

Meanwhile, the GNCA supporters who closed the IEC office in Herat said that they have gathered to protest against fraud in the election process.

“They don’t have the right to close the commission’s office, it is a national process,” said Aminullah Amin, head of security at Herat Police HQ.

The IEC office in Kandahar was also closed by provincial council members and tribal elders.

“We are representatives of the people, we will do whatever they say, we are not presenting the government,” said Sayed Jan Khakrezwal, head of Kandahar provincial council.

The GNCA spokesman confirmed that they have closed the IEC offices in the mentioned provinces, saying they will continue the move.

However, the IEC considered the move as an attempt to sabotage the election process.

“Making allegations of Fraud is just a pretext to prevent election process and lead the country into crisis,” said Hafizullah Hashimi, a commission of the IEC.

Following the issue, Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi, Senior Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs warned that they will use force if needed in order to ensure the security of the mentioned IEC offices and that to allow the IEC staff to continue their work.

One Killed, Two Injured in Helmand Blast Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:04:28 +0000 An explosion went off in Lashkargah city of Helmand province, an official said Thursday.

Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak said the incident took place at around 12 a.m. when a sticky bomb attached to a vehicle went off.

He said three civilians were injured in the explosion.

However, a local medical official said that one of the victims died on the way to the hospital due to severe injuries.

Immediately, there was no claim of responsibility for the incident.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in the south of Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgent group is actively operating in a number of its districts and usually carrying out attacks against government forces.

UNAMA Condemns Series of Bombings in Nangarhar Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:14:26 +0000

 The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday condemned the series of bombings eastern in Nangarhar province that left more than 30 killed and 128 others wounded.

The incident took place in Mohmand Dara district of the province when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the people gathered to demonstrate against the appointment of a local police commander.

According to the provincial health department spokesman Inamullah Miakhail, 32 people were killed and 128 more wounded in the attack.

“The majority of civilian casualties occurred in the Mohmandara district of Nangarhar when a suicide attacker detonated his explosives among a crowd which had gathered to demonstrate against an Afghan Local Police commander. At least 20 civilians were killed and more than 60 injured,” UNAMA said in a statement.

The suicide bombing was followed by another double explosion in front of a girls’ high school at the vicinity of Behsud district in the provincial capital Jalalabad City.

The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said that the blasts left no casualties but the provincial education department spokesman Asif Shinwari claimed that a guard of the school was injured in the incident.

 “I feel profound indignation at this latest wave of attacks deliberately targeting civilians. Our deepest sympathy is with the victims, families and the Afghan people. The bombings of schools and the killing of children are among the most egregious and repulsive acts of terrorism which violate international humanitarian law.” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

The statement said that that UNAMA reminds all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations to protect civilians and calls upon them to immediately cease targeting civilians and civilian objects such as schools, in compliance with the international humanitarian law.

160 Killed, Wounded as Suicide Bombing Targets Protesters in Nangarhar Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:32:22 +0000 At least 32 people were killed and 128 others wounded in a suicide bombing targeted a protest in Nangarhar province on Tuesday, officials said, the same day a series of explosions targeted schools in Jalalabad city and surrounding districts.

The bombing targeted a protest gathering against the appointment of a local police chief in Mohmand Dara district, where the demonstrators also blocked the Torkham-Jalalabad highway between the provincial capital Jalalabad and the main border crossing with Pakistan.

Provincial health department spokesman Inamullah Miakhil confirmed the number of dead and wounded.

He also asserted that the number of casualties might be higher as the blast was very powerful.

Double Bombing at Jalalabad Girls’ School

The Blast near Pakistan border followed a twin bombing in front of a girls’ high school at the vicinity of Behsud district in the provincial capital of Jalalabad.

“The first explosion happened in front of Malika Hmaira girls’ school at around 8:30 a.m.” Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor said. “A second bomb went off as students from a neighboring boys’ school and locals gathered at the scene,” he added.

The double bombing took place an hour after a bomb exploded outside Bibi Hawa girls’ school near the national security department of Jalalabad city.

Khogyani declared that the blast had resulted no casualties but the Jalalabad education department spokesman Asif Shinwari claimed a guard of the school was injured in the incident.

In the meantime, another blast was occurred in front of a girls’ school in Jalalabad city but local officials refused to give further details over the type and casualties of the explosion.

There has been no claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, although ISIS and the Taliban are active in the province.

Nangarhar province, which is on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, has been among the country’s most volatile regions this year. Its provincial capital Jalalabad has faced several suicide bombings and attacks.

Taliban Kills Five Policemen in Herat District Sun, 09 Sep 2018 05:59:38 +0000 At least five policemen were killed and three others injured after Taliban militants attacked Oba district in western Herat province, police said Sunday.

Provincial police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the incident took place last night in Kishk village of Oba district.

He added that two policemen were missing.

This comes a day after Herat provincial council members raised concerns over a possible Taliban attack on Shindand and Oba districts in the province.

However, the provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhail rejected the claims that the districts may fall to Taliban.