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Car Bomb Attack in Kabul; 16 People Killed, Injured

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(Last Updated On: July 25, 2019)

A car bomb attack went off today in Pul-e-Charkhi area of PD9 Kabul city, killing and injuring at least 16 people.

“The exposition in Despechri area was a car bomb attack conducted by the Taliban to kill the civilians. Unfortunately, three civilians have been killed and 13 others have been injured,” said Nasrat Rahimi, the Spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior.

Criticizing the government, the incident eyewitnesses say that they witness such incidents almost every day and describe the government failed in terms of proving security to them. 

“We were sleep inside the room when the wall collapsed on us. When woke up immediately, there was too much dust and dirt inside the room,” said Nazir Ahmad, an eyewitness of the incident.

“What will be the future of this country? Every day the situation gets worsen though we hope it will be better. Three explosions occurred today,” said Hamid, an eyewitness of the incident.

Meanwhile, some people say the number of causalities higher than what that officials report.

“Lots of our friends injured and too many people killed,” said Abdulqahar, an eyewitness of the incident.

The Taliban group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed 9 senior foreigner officials. 

At the same time, the Presidential Palace says that the Taliban cannot achieve any privileges in the peace process by doing suicide attacks.

This comes as three explosions occurred today in Kabul while the peace talks are going on with the Taliban.

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Five wounded in Kabul explosion

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(Last Updated On: November 30, 2021)

At least five people including Islamic Emirate (IE) forces were wounded on Monday morning when a roadside mine detonated in PD7 along Darulaman Road.

The explosion took place at about 9.45am local time close to Habibia High School and the target appeared to have been a Hilux vehicle.

According to eyewitnesses, the explosion had been from a roadside mine and caused casualties.

Some eyewitnesses said the Hilux vehicle was being driven by IE forces at the time of the explosion.

An Ariana News reporter in the area said according to eyewitnesses at least five people were wounded in the explosion including IE forces.

Immediately after the explosion, IE forces cordoned off the area, and ambulances were seen arriving at the scene.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion but ISIS affiliates in Afghanistan (ISIS-K), known locally as Daesh, have been responsible for a number of explosions in Kabul in recent months.

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Export of Afghanistan’s talc resumes: Industrial Association

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(Last Updated On: November 29, 2021)

Afghanistan Industrial Association said Monday that Kabul recently exported 500 tons of talc powder to a number of countries including China, Spain and the UK.

Abdul Jabbar Safi, the head of the association, said: “Afghanistan has recently exported talc to Pakistan, Turkey, India, China, Spain, and the UK. Exports have resumed and we want to expand our exports.”

The association meanwhile also called for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to focus on the mining sector and provide facilities for the extraction of minerals in order to boost investment.

They also called on government to establish new policies around mining, also to boost investment in the sector.

Safi meanwhile said that since the mid-August takeover by the IEA, “illegal extractions of mines, as well as smuggling, have been prevented.”

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Lush cosmetics shuts down its social media accounts globally

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(Last Updated On: November 29, 2021)

UK cosmetics company Lush shut down its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat accounts globally on Friday, citing its concern about the harms of social media in the wake of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s revelations.

CEO Mark Constantine told the Guardian he was happy to lose $13 million that the company expects to lose by shutting their accounts.

“In the same way that evidence against climate change was ignored and belittled for decades, concerns about the serious effects of social media are going largely ignored now,” the company said in a press release.

Lush’s announcement came just ahead of one of the biggest days of shopping all year, and the brand fully expected that losing its pipelines to millions of customers could harm its business.

Lush’s Facebook and Instagram accounts had a combined 10.6 million followers, according to The Guardian.

“We’ve tightened up over the Covid period, it won’t destroy us,” Constantine told The Guardian, adding that Lush had “no choice” given Meta’s own research about Instagram’s adverse impact on teenage girls’ mental health.

“We’re talking about suicide here, not spots or whether someone should dye their hair blonde,” Constantine continued, telling The Guardian: “How could we possibly suggest we’re a caring business if we look at that and don’t care?”

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