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Audit process so slow: Presidential campaigners

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(Last Updated On: August 17, 2014)

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Presidential Election campaigners have declared the votes auditing process so slow.

Both presidential campaigners have entitled the reasons for slow motion auditing process was the late attending of the International supervisors which make National auditors to wait hours.

This claim was rejected by the Independent Election Commission IEC officials saying the votes auditing process is normal and even its rapidly continues.

One of the Presidential campaigners for Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai Daud Sultanzoy has blamed the International supervisors for late joining the votes auditing process and all Afghans looking forward for their presences.

Meanwhile the Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah campaigner Mohammad Zahir Aghbar also confirmed the issue saying this will slow down the auditing process.

However the IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor has claimed that Saturday was the speedy day for the auditing the process where 853 boxes were audited

IEC officials have also reported that 93 other International auditors have joined the process and from the other hand the Independent Election Complain Commission IECC has joined the process as well.

 

 

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Taliban torch two fuel tankers, hijack 7 others: sources

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Taliban militants torched two fuel tankers on the Baghlan-Samangan highway on Thursday morning, sources confirmed. 

According to sources, the insurgents hijacked seven other fuel tankers and took them to Dand-e-Ghori in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province.

Motorists who had been traveling on the highway told Ariana News that the road had been closed to traffic for four hours due to clashes between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban insurgents.

Sources told Ariana News that the Taliban took the trucks to Dand-e-Ghori, saying that they then emptied the fuel from the tankers and sold it off for 20 AFN per liter in the area.

Local officials have not yet commented. 

This latest incident comes amid rising insecurity along the highway in recent days.

On Wednesday, at least 12 bodyguards of Mahbubullah Ghafari, a former member of the provincial council of Baghlan, were killed in a roadside mine explosion.

The incident took place in the Chashmaye Shir area on the Baghlan-Samangan road after a vehicle hit a mine on Wednesday morning.

Baghlan police confirmed the incident but further information has not yet been released. 

The Taliban have also not commented on the incidents.

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Top Daesh leader arrested in Kunar raid

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The Afghan Special Forces have arrested a key commander of the Daesh militant group in Afghanistan.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement the ISIS-K leader was arrested during a raid in eastern Kunar province on Tuesday night.

The Daesh commander was identified as Mohammad Saeed son of Mohammad Afzal, who was involved in transferring foreign ISIS insurgents along with their families in the country.

“He (Mohammad Saeed) was one of the masterminds of the recent attack in Nangarhar,” the statement said.

The Daesh said that 11 of its fighters – four Tajiks, three Indians, three Afghans and a Pakistani – stormed Nangarhar prison at around 6:30 Sunday evening killed at least 30 people and wounded 50 more.

The attack began after an Indian doctor, Ijas Kallukettiya Purayil, detonated an explosive-loaded vehicle at the entrance gate of the jail.

During the attack which lasted for over 18 hours, hundreds of the 1,700 prisoners in the Jalalabad facility escaped. 

On Tuesday, an Afghan MP confirmed as many as 800 Daesh prisoners were still on the run. 

Abdul Karim Karimi, a Member of Parliament, said: “1,700 prisoners were inside the jail during the attack, they all attempted to escape. Out of which, 500 of them failed to escape, whereas 800 more prisoners including Daesh, Taliban, and criminals fled.”

According to officials, prisoners being held in that particular jail were political prisoners and criminals. Among them were Taliban and Daesh militants.

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Hundreds of Daesh and Taliban prisoners on the run after prison siege

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(Last Updated On: August 4, 2020)

An Afghan MP on Tuesday claimed as many as 800 ISIS (Daesh) and Taliban prisoners are on the loose after escaping during Sunday’s deadly prison attack in Jalalabad.

Abdul Karim Karimi, a Member of Parliament, said: “1,700 prisoners were inside the jail during the attack, they all attempted to escape. Out of which, 500 of them failed to escape, whereas 800 more prisoners including Daesh, Taliban, and criminals fled.”

According to officials, prisoners being held in that particular jail were political prisoners and criminals. Among them were Taliban and Daesh militants.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, confirmed that hundreds of prisoners escaped but that the matter will be investigated in order to ascertain whether there was any negligence on the part of prison staff.

“So far, hundreds of prisoners including Daesh, Taliban, and other criminals are missing,” Khogyani said.
Local officials did not give details as to the identity of the missing prisoners but said search operations were underway in a bid to capture the escaped convicts.

Sources meanwhile added that out of five prisoners killed in Sunday’s attack, three of them were Taliban commanders.

Meanwhile, Daesh sent out letters overnight to residents of Jalalabad warning them not to hand over any CCTV footage they might have that recorded events outside their shops or houses during the time of the siege.

Sunday’s prison attack started with a car bomb just after 6.30pm and lasted for at least 18 hours before security forces were able to bring the situation under control.

Soon after militants stormed the facility, Daesh claimed responsibility. Officials said 11 Daesh militants had been involved.

While the siege was underway, security forces also raided a property in Behsoud district in Nangarhar and seized hundreds of weapons and military hardware.

The prison siege started just a day after Afghanistan’s intelligence services announced the Afghan special forces had killed a high-ranking Daesh member in an operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

A statement late Saturday by the National Directorate of Security said the slain militant was Assadullah Orakzai, an intelligence leader for the IS affiliate (Daesh) in Afghanistan. The statement said he was killed near Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. IS has its headquarters in the province.

Orakzai was suspected of being involved in several deadly attacks against both military and civilian targets in Afghanistan.

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