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Eight IEC Staff Members Killed in Taliban’s Kandahar Attack

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(Last Updated On: June 30, 2019)

Eight employees of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) were killed in an explosion in Maruf district of Kandahar province, an official said on Sunday.

The incident happened after Taliban militants detonated four explosives-packed armored vehicles in the district.

Provincial Police Chief of Kandahar Tadeen Khan confirmed the attack and said the attack was carried out by four explosive-packed Humvees.

Tadeen Khan added that as a result 11 soldiers were killed and 27 others wounded.

Kandahar police chief said that four suicide bombers and 17 Taliban fighters were also killed in the attack.

He further said that all of the victims have been taken to the capital of the province and fresh troops have been deployed to the district.

Meanwhile, a reliable source told Ariana News that a major part of the district governor’s office has been damaged as a result of the attacks and it has left heavy casualties to security forces.

At the same time, Hashim Durrani, the provincial head of IEC in Kandahar said that eight staff member of the commission who were responsible for the voters registration process in the district have been killed in the attack.

Taliban claims their militants have overrun the district after attacking the district center including the police headquarter.

The insurgent group has intensified their attacks against Afghan forces as the U.S. and Taliban negotiators are holding talks in Qatar to end the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

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Taliban’s supreme leader Akhundzada ‘in meetings in Kandahar’: Sources

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(Last Updated On: September 1, 2021)

The Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is in Afghanistan and currently holding meetings with other Taliban leaders, sources told Ariana News on Sunday.

According to the sources, Akhundzada has been in southern Kandahar for the last four days.

Sources said the Taliban’s leader is holding meetings with other Taliban leaders about the situation in Afghanistan and the formation of the future political system.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, a leading member of the Taliban’s negotiating team, said Saturday that efforts are underway to form an inclusive political system in Afghanistan.

He stated that Taliban leaders and Afghan politicians are trying to form a system in which all ethnic groups are represented.

“All people will be included in the new system. Talks with all politicians are underway in this regard,” Stanikzai said.

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On eve of peace talks, Ghani urges Taliban to stop planting roadside mines

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(Last Updated On: August 17, 2020)

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday condemned the roadside mine incident in Kandahar earlier in the day and called on the Taliban to stop the violence and end their practice of planting IEDs. 

In a series of tweets, Ghani condemned the incident and stated that this comes as the Taliban are “on the eve of peace and direct negotiations with the Afghan negotiating team. 

“The Taliban should avoid violence specifically roadside mines which are the main cause of civilian casualties, and in order to reach a dignified and lasting peace, they should accept people and Loya Jirga’s voice.”

The president said the incident, which happened early Thursday in the Zalkhan area of Panjwai district of Kandahar province, resulted in a number of women, a child, and other Afghans being killed and wounded “as a result of a mine planted by the Taliban”.

Ghani expressed his deep condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed and wished the wounded a speedy recovery. 

The incident happened when a vehicle, carrying a number of civilian passengers, hit a roadside IED. 

This comes after at least eight civilians were killed in another roadside mine explosion in the same province on Sunday.

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27 Taliban militants killed in Kandahar clashes

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(Last Updated On: July 24, 2020)

At least 27 Taliban militants were killed in ground clashes and airstrike in southern Kandahar province, police confirmed. 

Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police told Ariana News that the insurgents attacked security outposts in Marouf district of the province on around 10 p.m. Thursday. 

According to Barikzai, seven militants were killed in the counterattack.

After clashes intensified US forces carried out an airstrike in the area, resulted in 20 deaths of Taliban fighters, he added.

The Afghan forces seized a Humvee vehicle, a number of weapons, mines, and ammo during the clashes.

Meanwhile, two policemen have been killed and six more injured in the incident.

Earlier this week, 30 Taliban fighters were killed in a US forces airstrike and police ambush in the province, Tadin Khan, police chief of Kandahar confirmed. 

The Taliban yet make a comment about the incident.

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