Regional – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:54:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eight Killed, 33 Wounded in Blast Near Kabul University Fri, 19 Jul 2019 03:56:13 +0000

At least eight people were killed and 33 others wounded in an IED blast close to the Kabul University in PD3 of the city, officials confirmed.

Fardaws Faramarz, a spokesman for Kabul’s police confirmed the incident adding that the security forces have also defused an IED attached to a vehicle at the area.

The incident happened at around 7:20 am on Friday while a number of students were waiting outside the university.

However, Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public said that eight dead and 33 injured were taken to the hospitals.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban’s Attack in Kandahar; Around 100 People Killed, Injured Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:12:38 +0000 A car bomb went off around 4:30 pm on Thursday near to the internal gate of Kandahar’s Police Commanding Directorate.  

The local officials say that first, a car bomb went off in the southern gate of the police Commanding Directorate and then two armed attackers started clashes with the security forces, trying to enter to the compound.

Meanwhile, the eyewitnesses of the incident say that the armed attackers are inside the compound and are in clash with the security forces.

‌Baheer Ahmadi, the Spokesperson of Kandahar’s Governer, says that at least 99 people have been killed and injured as the result of the incident. 

According to him, 80 civilians and 3 militaries are among the wounded people. 

He adds that 11 people have been killed; 9 of them are civilians and 2 others are police soldiers. 

He adds that three of the killed people are civilians and three others are militaries.

The Taliban group a statement has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Taliban Close 42 Swedish Charity Health Centers in Maidan Wardak Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:39:56 +0000

The Taliban militant group have forced the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) to close dozens of its clinics and health centers in six districts of Maidan Wardak Province, the organization said on Wednesday.

In a statement, SCA said that this affect provision of health services to hundreds of thousands of people, particularly women and children.

The Taliban forced SCA to close 42 out of 77 health facilities in six out of nine districts of Wardak province so far, and due to this closure, an estimated number of over 5,700 patients are affected on daily basis.

“Forcing SCA to close health facilities hence denying people to receive medical treatment and health services is an obvious violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” said Sonny Mansson, SCA country director.

“We demand immediate reopening of all health facilities for the people and we strongly urge all parties involved in conflict to refrain from such actions which deliberately puts civilian lives at risk,” he added.

The Taliban demand was given this weekend directly to SCA and its facilities in the area, following last week’s attack by ANSF forces the night between 8-9 July on a clinic in Tangi Saidan area of Daimirdad district, where four people were confirmed dead and one is still missing; the attack by ANSF was strongly condemned by the SCA.

SCA is in continuous contact with all parties in an attempt to reopen the health facilities in the Wardak province and we specifically urge Taliban leadership to agree on reopening of the health facilities with immediate effect, the organization noted.

Taliban Ambush Afghan Forces, Killing 25 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:44:10 +0000

At least 25 Afghan commando forces were killed in clashes with the Taliban militants in Badghis province, local officials said.

Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai, the provincial governor told Ariana News that the Taliban fighters ambushed Afghan commando forces at Maida Qul area in AabKamari district on Monday night.

He said, as a result, at least 25 Afghan soldiers were killed and several others wounded in the incident.

However, Ministry of Defense said in a statement that at least 30 Taliban insurgents were killed and 32 others including a groups’ key commander, Pahlawan Ishaq, were injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, the Taliban in a statement claimed that they have killed 39 Afghan commando forces.

Pakistani Police Arrest Founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Militant Group Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:07:57 +0000

Pakistani Police arrested Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba insurgent group in Punjab province on Wednesday, Pakistani media reported.

According to Geo TV, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police arrested Hafiz Saeed from Lahore when he was on his way to Gujranwala.

Saeed has been reportedly presented in an anti-terrorism court and sent to prison.

The militant group is blamed for several attacks in Pakistan and is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai city, India, attacks, in which 10 Pakistani gunmen opened fire at several locations and killed more 165 people.

Wakhan’s District Governor Suspended Over Sexual Abuse Accusation Tue, 16 Jul 2019 13:27:32 +0000 Abdulmarouf Khairkhah, the District Governor of Wakhan district, has been suspended over the sexual abuse allegation of an Australian tourist woman, says the Spokesperson of Badakhshan Governor.  

An Australian spouse entered Afghanistan from Tajikistan to visit the Pamir (Bam-e-Donya) during the Ramadan Month.

The woman has written to the border police of Badakhshan in a letter that Khairkhah noticed her and her husband that their bedrooms should be separate during the month of Ramadan.

According to her, Khairkhah entered her bedroom during the night and sexually abused her.

However, Khairkhah describes the allegation on himself as a plot made by some of the Afghan circles who are in Tajikistan. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior says that the investigations regarding the claim have begun.

“This case is seriously under investigation in the province and we follow it too. We will share the result of our investigations once they are done,” said Nasrat Rahimi, the Spokesperson of Interior Ministry.

The sexual abuse of a foreigner citizen by a government official is assumed to be unprecedented although the sexual favor allegations on ARG in exchange for the high-rank positions have increased recently.

Ramin Atiqzada, an official of the Tourism Deputy of the Information and Culture Ministry, says that if the allegations are proved, Afghanistan will be negatively introduced to the foreigner tourists.

This comes as over a thousand national and foreigner tourists come to Badakhshan every year to visit the natural landscapes and Pamir; this makes a great source of income for the indigenous residents.

Concerns Intensify Over Increase of Civilians’ Causalities Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:35:24 +0000 The concerns intensify over the increase of civilians’ causalities from the Taliban, Afghan security forces and NATO’s operations.

Recently, the residents of ‘Kamal Kheel’ area in Logar province protested for what is called the civilians’ causalities as a result of an operation against the Taliban.

They say that in addition to some of the Taliban members, 5 civilians killed and 11 others including the children wounded after the special forces conducted an operation in the ‘Kamal Kheel’ area of ‘Pule Alam’ city.

“Even young children are among the victims. This is not the first time; it has been repeated several times,” said Khalid Mohmand, an MP from Logar province.

“A bomb was dropped on the mosque where only a few Taliban members and more civilians killed,” said Abdubaqi Rasheed, a resident of the area.

Recently, the Afghan military has strengthened their airstrikes for what is called targeting the Taliban’s shelters but the Ministry of Defense confirms that rarely the civilians incur losses as the result of these operations.  

“We increase our efforts based on the plan of  Khalid’s operation to lessen the civilians’ casualties into zero,” said Fawad Aman, the Deputy Speaker of the Defense Ministry.

Meanwhile, the statistics show that 600 civilians have been killed as the result of the war over the past three months.

However, the government and the Taliban blame each other for the growth of civilians’ causalities.

At the same time, the Doha intra-Afghan summit participants who had stressed on reducing of the civilians’ causalities warn of the horrible result of the war exacerbation.   

“The idea of imposing military pressure is not right. The strategy of intensifying the war should be put aside while the political opportunity has been provided for solving the Afghan war,” said Salaam Zaief, a participant of the Doha intra-Afghan summit.

This comes as the civilians’ causalities have increased across the country in recent months.

14 Taliban Militants Killed in Baghlan Operations Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:44:30 +0000

At least 14 Taliban insurgents were killed in air and ground operations by Afghan forces in Baghlan province, the Afghan military said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the 217th Pamir Corps said that the operations were conducted at Chashme-e-Shir area of Puli Khumri and in Jilgah district of the province on Monday night.

At least 14 militants were killed and five others wounded in the incidents, the statement said.

During the operation, Afghan forces have also detained a Taliban fighter, the statement added.

The Taliban militant group has not made a comment about the incidents yet.

Baghlan is among the volatile provinces in the northern part of Afghanistan where the insurgents are actively operating in a number of its districts.

Roof Collapsed in Nangarhar Killed Five People Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:48:20 +0000

Five people have been killed when the roof of a house collapsed in the Pachiragam district of eastern Nangarhar province, local residents said.

The incident took place at Musa Khel area of Pachiragam district at around 7 am on Tuesday.

As a result, a woman along with her four children have lost their lives.

The incident happened while they were at a funeral ceremony of a person who had been killed in a suicide attack two days ago in the district.

Taliban Suffer Casualties in Balkh Operation; 87 Militants Killed Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:40:44 +0000

At least 87 Taliban militants were killed during a joint operation by Afghan Security and Defense Forces in northern Balkh province, the Afghan military said.

In a statement released on Monday, the 209th Shaheen Corps said that the operation was conducted in Chimtal, Chahar Bolak, Balkh and Dawlatabad districts of the province during the last week.

 According to the statement, at least 87 insurgents including 22 key Taliban commanders were killed and 77 others including 17 commanders of the group were wounded.

During the operation, Afghan forces have arrested seven Taliban militants, the statement said.

Meanwhile, several villages of Balkh were also cleared of the insurgents during the raids, the statement said.

The Afghan forces have also destroyed a number of Taliban’s strongholds and hideouts in the incident, the statement added.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incident.

12 Taliban Militants Killed in Takhar Operation Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:50:22 +0000

At least 12 Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes with Afghan security forces in northern Takhar province, Interior Ministry (MoI) said in a statement.

In a statement released on Sunday, MoI said that Afghan Special Forces conducted a joint operation in Namakab district of the province on Saturday night.

During the raids, at least 12 militants were killed and four others wounded, the statement added.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incident.

Takhar is among the volatile provinces in the north of the country where the Taliban insurgent group and irresponsible armed groups are active in a number of its districts.

MoMP Stresses On Being More Intensive Regarding Mines’s Contracts Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:07:48 +0000 The officials of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum say that thereafter they will be stricter and more intensive regarding the mines’ contracts.

In addition, they have organized a three-day seminar in this regard.

This comes as the contract for extraction of copper from the MesAynak mine in Logar province began several years ago; however practical extraction of this mine has not begun yet.

The existence of several cultural and historical monuments has caused the extraction of MesAynak not to be started, the officials say.

“We hoped that the MesAynak project provides employment in addition to making revenues for us,” said Nargis Nehan, the Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Culture says that the existed historical monuments are more worthy than the cooper and this should be considered.

“We are compelled to keep our historical identity while extracting the copper mine and keep our historical identity which is MesAynak,” said Hasina Safi, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture.

The extraction contract of MesAynak was signed with a Chinese company during the administration of Hamid Karzai.  

Taliban Storm Hotel in Badghis; Clashes Underway Sat, 13 Jul 2019 10:05:22 +0000 The Taliban militants entered a hotel in PD1 in Qala-e-Naw city, the center of Badghis province on Saturday, officials confirmed.

The incident has taken place at Chawk-e-Pista area of Qala-e-Naw at around 12:40 pm on Saturday

Nastrat Rahimi, a spokesman for Interior Ministry said that the clashes broke out after three “suicide bombers” entered the building.

He said that two of the assailants have been killed as fighting continues between security forces and militants in the building.

At least four people including a police commander were killed and nine others including two women and two children were wounded in the incident, head of the provincial public health Abdul Latif Rustai said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban militant group in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.

Envoys Call For Immediate Start Of Intra-Afghan Negotiations Sat, 13 Jul 2019 04:57:58 +0000

Representatives of China, Russia, and the United States held their 3rd consultation on the Afghan peace process in Beijing, where they encouraged all parties to take steps to reduce violence leading to a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire that starts with intra-Afghan negotiations, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attended the summit after he concluded the seventh round of peace negotiations with the Taliban delegates in Doha, the capital of Qatar on July 9.

“We agreed “intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban, Afghan government, and other Afghans should start immediately,” Khalilzad said in a tweet.

“These negotiations should produce a peace framework as soon as possible; and detail a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans,” he added.

“We also agreed that violence needs to slow now and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire should start with intra-Afghan negotiations,” said Khalilzad adding, “We agreed we will expand and ask more international partners to join with the start of negotiations. Very positive.”

The China, Russia, and the United States welcomed Pakistan joining the consultation and believe that Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan, the statement said.

The four sides exchanged views on the current situation and joint efforts for realizing a political settlement to advance peace, stability, and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region, the statement added.

The four sides emphasized the importance of the trilateral consensus on the Afghan peace process reached in Moscow on April 25, 2019.

All sides welcomed recent positive progress as the crucial parties concerned have advanced their talks and increased contacts with each other.

All sides also welcomed intra-Afghan meetings held in Moscow and Doha.

The four sides called for relevant parties to grasp the opportunity for peace and immediately start intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and other Afghans.

“They re-affirmed negotiations should be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” and further agreed that these negotiations should produce a peace framework as soon as possible,” the statement said.

“This framework should guarantee the orderly and responsible transition of the security situation and detail an agreement on a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans,” the statement noted.

The four sides agreed to maintain the momentum of consultation, will invite other important stakeholders to join on the basis of the trilateral consensus agreed on April 25, 2019, in Moscow, and this broader group will meet when intra-Afghan negotiations start.

The date and venue for the next consultation will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels, the statement concluded.

Afghan Gov. Begins Merging Outposts With Military Bases Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:29:03 +0000 The Ministry of Interior has begun merging the outposts with big military bases across the country, saying this is to reduce the military causalities since the outposts are vulnerable against the attacks.

 “The decision was made to merge the militarily worthless outposts with the big military bases through a process and it is underway.” Said Khushhaal Sadaat, the Deputy Minister of Interior.

At the same time, the Afghan Army has increased targeting the Taliban’s positions to prevent their movements.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense has recaptured three districts from the Taliban, saying the local army will be used to keep the recaptured areas under control.

“We first make plans on how to keep the recaptured areas and then look for the enemy,” said Yasin Zia, the Deputy of Defense Ministry.

According to the officials, the irresponsible gunmen are recruited to the local army and their activities have begun in Ghazni and Faryab provinces.

“The irresponsible gunmen have been recruited into the local army under a specific procedure. Fortunately, it has positive results in Ghazni province,” said Abdulmatin Big, the Chief of Independent Directorate of Local Governance.

At the same time, NATO’s Resolute Support Mission Commander in a visit alongside the Afghan security officials to Faryab province stressed that NATO is committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan.

This comes as the Taliban and the Afghan government claim suppressing each other in the battlefields during the recent peace process talks.

Five Killed, 40 Wounded in Wedding Party Blast in Nangarhar Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:03:31 +0000

At least five people were killed and 40 others wounded in a suicide bombing at a wedding party in eastern Nangarhar province, local officials confirmed.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that the incident took place in Pachiragam district of the province at around 9:30 am on Friday.

Khogyani said all the victims were transferred to the provincial hospitals.

He added that death toll may rise.

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

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

38 Militants Including Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Killed in Herat Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:49:50 +0000 38 militants including Taliban’s red unit commander have been killed in air and ground operations conducted by Afghan security forces in Pashtoon Zarghoon district of Herat province, an official said on Thursday.

Provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said that the dead body of Safiullah Chapat, a famous Taliban commander, was also found among the dead fighters.

In addition, Taliban’s designated governor for Herat Abdul Aziz Ansar was also injured along with five militants in the operation, Mr. Farhad added.

He further said that the operation was launched in Pashtoon Zarghoon and Oba districts four days ago and it is still continuing.

According to Mr. Farhad, the governor of Herat Abdul Qayoom Rahimi is commanding the operation.

Taliban has not made a comment about the report yet.

Unknown Gunmen Shot Dead Two Prosecutors in Nangarhar Wed, 10 Jul 2019 05:32:08 +0000

Two employees of the prosecutor’s office of Nangarhar were killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the provincial capital, Jalalabad city, a local official confirmed.

The incident has taken place at Roshan Mena area in PD4 of Jalalabad city at around 7 am on Wednesday.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that two prosecution directors were shot dead and the perpetrators have fled the area.

According to him, police have started the investigations to find out who the attackers were and what the motive behind the attack was.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Explosion in Helmand Kills a Doctor Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:01:05 +0000 At least one person was killed and two others injured in an explosion in Lashkargha city of Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said.

Provincial governor spokesman Omar Zwak said the blast took place at around 6 pm in police district one of Lashkargah city.

He further said that the blast has targeted Abdul Qayoum Zaki, a doctor who was responsible for the treatment of patients at the provincial prison.

In addition, two civilians were also injured in the incident, Mr. Zwak added.

Immediately there was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Airstrike Kills 7 Members of a Family in Baghlan Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:49:51 +0000 Seven members of a single family including women and children have been killed in an airstrike in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Monday night.

According to the local sources, the airstrike hit a civilian house in Ketab Khail area of Pul-e-Khumri City.

The victims include a woman, two girls, and four boys including a newborn baby.

Local residents said that the father of the family has been injured in the attack as well.

Residents claimed that there were no clashes in the area and the air forces have targeted the area without any reason.

Immediately, it was unknown if the attack was carried out by Afghan Air Forces or foreign forces in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, provincial officials confirmed the attack, saying the incident will be investigated.