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Taliban Intensify Attacks After Announcing Ceasefire

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(Last Updated On: June 13, 2018)

As many as 30 Afghan soldiers were killed and 50 more wounded in the Taliban attacks on Tuesday across the country, officials said.

The Taliban detonated a humvee packed with explosives at entrance gate of Ghazni’s Muqr district on Tuesday night, killing five including district governor and a security officer of the district and wounding 26 others.

Earlier in the day, the Taliban stormed Sayad district of Sare-e-Pul province, capturing two villages and seven outposts in the district.

A member of Sar-e-Pul province council told Ariana News on condition of anonymity that the attack left 14 dead to Afghan security forces.

 Some Afghan soldiers in Sayad district said that there were about 100 Afghan forces when the Taliban stormed the district.

However, Zabiulllah Amani, Sar-e-Pul governor’s spokesman confirmed collapse of two out posts and death of two soldiers in the incident.

Separately, the Taliban captured the center of Kohistan district in northern Faryab province after killing seven government forces and wounding 13 others.

Faryab provincial council members said that at least 200 soldiers were besieged by the Taliban in the district.

The Taliban intensified their attacks after announcing a three-day ceasefire with government, pledging that the group will not target the government forces but will conditionally free them from the prisons under the group’s control.

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Afghan refugees killed in Iran; MFA investigating the case

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2020)

The Afghan Foreign Ministry said in a statement that they have been investigating the burning of a vehicle carrying Afghan nationals in the Iranian city of Yazd.

The MFA statement based on initial reports suggests that three Afghan nationals were killed, four were injured and several others missing in the car fire.

Ahmad Tarahomi Bahabadi, the political deputy of Yazd province in Iran, confirmed the reports of Iranian police forces gunfire at the vehicle carrying Afghan citizens and said that the vehicle caught fire due to high speed and collision with roadside barriers.

According to the statement, the Afghan ambassador to Tehran arrived in Yazd on Friday to closely probe into the cause and relevant factors.

The Afghan Foreign Ministry added that it would proceed with the matter with its counterpart as per the outcomes of the investigation.

It is worth mentioning, weeks ago, reports indicated that the Iranian border guards had thrown and killed a number of Afghan refugees in the Harirud River. This was followed by the Afghan and Iranian governments assigning a joint delegation to look into it; however, the results are pending.

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Afghanistan National Football Team; Tournaments scheduled

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(Last Updated On: June 6, 2020)

The Afghanistan national football team’s tournaments for the qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China have been rescheduled.

According to the Asian Football Confederation, the Afghanistan National Football Team is due to play against Bangladesh on October the 8th, and Oman on October the 13th.

The two matches of the national football team were earlier scheduled to take place in the months of March and April but were postponed due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Football Federation has announced that Amir Mohammad has joined the national team.

According to the Afghan Football Federation, Amir Mohammad, the 24-year-old striker of the “FC Legion Dynamo” in the Russian League One, will accompany the national team for the next two matches in the World Cup qualifiers and the AFC Asian Cup.

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Mine blast in Badakhshan kills 11 local police

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At least 11 public police forces were killed in a roadside mine blast in Badakhshan province, police confirmed.

Sanaullah Rohani, a spokesman for the provincial police told Ariana News that the incident happened in Darkhan village in Khash district of the province at around 11 p.m. Friday.

At least 11public police members including their commander – Mazari – were killed after his vehicle hit a roadside mine in the area, the official added.

According to police, Mazari was on his way to support a security outpost in the village that came under attack of Taliban militants.

Meanwhile, the Taliban shadow district chief and two insurgents were killed in clashes with the Afghan forces.

Rohani said that the Taliban designated governor was identified as Hamidullah.

The Taliban militants group yet to comment in this regard.

Badakhshan is among the insecure provinces in Afghanistan where the Taliban, Al-Qaida, and Daesh militants are actively operating in a number of its districts. 

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