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Blast hits a mosque in Kabul, casualties feared

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(Last Updated On: June 13, 2020)

A blast occurred in Sher Shah Suri Mosque in the Kart-e-Char area of Kabul city on Friday.

The blast occurred at today’s noon while people were at Friday’s prayers, the Interior Ministry confirmed.

According to the Ministry of Interior Affairs, Imam of the mosque Azizullah Mofleh and three prayers were killed and eight others wounded in the incident.

Witnesses to the incident say that IEDs were planted in the pulpit of the mosque and exploded as the prayers started.

“I was on my way to the mosque when I heard an explosion and as I arrived in the mosque, my father had been martyred,” said the deceased imam’s son.

Mofleh, the imam, lived with his family on the premises of the mosque.

The mosque has two entrances that are always inspected by security forces and no one can enter without inspection.

It should be noted that Azizullah Mofleh was one of the well-known scholars of Afghanistan. He always condemned suicide attacks. He supported the government.

Meanwhile, NATO SCR Stefano Pontecorvo in a tweet condemned the attack on Sher Shah Suri mosque, noting that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. He added, “As we face a historical opportunity for peace, spoilers can’t be allowed to disrupt it. We stand with Afghanistan in the fight against terror.”

This comes as, in another explosion that occurred in Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque, Kabul, on June 3, Dr. Ayaz Niazi, imam of the mosque, and one other person were killed, and three were wounded.

Denying its involvement in the attack, the Taliban issued a statement condemning the blast at the mosque and calling it a crime.

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

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Pompeo says he warned Lavrov against offering bounties for U.S. soldiers

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(Last Updated On: August 13, 2020)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he warned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that there would be “an enormous price to pay” if Moscow is offering bounties to kill US soldiers or other Western troops in Afghanistan.

The New York Times in June reported that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including American troops, citing US intelligence officials.

President Donald Trump said he was not told about the information because many US intelligence officials doubted its veracity, although several US and European sources contradicted his comments.

In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pompeo declined to say whether he believed the intelligence was credible or if he thought Trump should have been briefed but said Washington would not put up with such behavior.

“If the Russians are offering money to kill Americans, or for that matter other Westerns as well, there will be an enormous price to pay. That’s what I shared with foreign minister Lavrov,” Pompeo said in the interview, conducted during his official visit to the Czech Republic.

“I know our military has talked to their senior leaders as well. We won’t brook that, we won’t tolerate,” Pompeo said.

Last month, US and European sources familiar with intelligence reporting said that the United States had acquired fresh reporting backing up the allegations that Russia had encouraged Taliban-affiliated militants to kill US and allied soldiers in Afghanistan.

The intelligence reporting comes as the United States has been engaged in negotiating with the Taliban as well as the Afghan government to get a stalled peace agreement, struck in February for the withdrawal of US troops, moving.

 

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Four policemen killed in Farah motorbike bomb blast

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At least four policemen were killed and 22 others wounded in a blast in southwestern Farah province. 

The incident took place in PD^4 in the provincial capital Farah city at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the blast occurred after an explosive-laden motorbike hit a police vehicle in the city.

Mohibullah Mohib, a spokesman for Farah police told Ariana news that civilians were also among the casualties.

Immediately no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

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Taliban warns of ‘planned attack’ by Daesh militants against freed prisoners

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Taliban on Wednesday warned the Afghan government of a possible Daesh attack against the group’s 400 remaining prisoners.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement that “based on accurate intelligence reports and documents, the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) warns that there exists a grave security threat against the safety of the remaining prisoners to be released from Pul-e-Charkhi prison.”

According to Mujahid, Daesh plans to carry out a coordinated attack against the Taliban prisoners once they are freed from the Kabul prison.

“A group of Daesh gunmen in coordination and cooperation with Kabul administration intelligence, some military personnel, and prison check post commanders plan to conduct an attack against vehicles that are to transfer the remaining released prisoners,” Mujahid added.

However, sources in the National Directorate of Security (NDS) have rejected the Taliban’s “baseless” claims, saying that they are committed to providing the security of the Taliban prisoners.

He claimed that Daesh aims to disrupt the negotiations process and “exact revenge on the prisoners.”

The group urged the Afghan government to take “preventative measures” and accomplish the prisoner transfer process with “utmost care and safety.”

“If God forbid, anything unfortunate were to happen then all those sides will be held responsible who have shown negligence in this regard,” the statement concluded.

This comes just days after President Ashraf Ghani signed the release order of the 400 controversial Taliban inmates.

The decision was made after Ghani called for a Loya Jirga, or grand council, which voted in favor of the militants’ release following two days of consultations.

So far none of these prisoners have been released.

The National Security Council, which is tasked with the job of arranging the release process, has not yet provided details about when the prisoners will be freed.

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