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Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security force personnel
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
KABUL (Reuters) - A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch outside of a military compound after a car bomb blast on the outskirts of Ghazni city, Afghanistan November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mustafa AndalebBaz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, when contacted by Reuters, did not confirm or deny responsibility.
Persons: Mustafa Andaleb Baz Mohammad Hemat, , Tariq Arian, Zabihullah Mujahid, Gul Islam Syaal, Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan Organizations: Afghan National Army, REUTERS, Reuters, Taliban Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan’s, Ghazni, Ghazni city, Afghanistan, Qatari, Doha, Zabul
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with a Taliban delegation hours after mortar shells slammed into different parts of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Saturday, killing at least eight people. The mortar barrage came as Pompeo was preparing to meet with representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, who are holding talks in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar, though progress has been slow. Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government's chief negotiator in peace talks, condemned Saturday's attack in a tweet calling it a "cowardly" act. Members of Taliban's peace negotiation team met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Qatari capital Doha, on Saturday. There have been calls for a cease-fire if peace talks in Doha are to continue.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Tariq Arian, Pompeo, Zabihullah Mujahid, Akbar Khan, Abdullah Abdullah, Saturday's, Patrick Semansky, Christopher Miller, Miller, Donald Trump's, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg Organizations: Taliban, NBC News, ISIS, SITE Intelligence Group, NBC, Iranian Embassy, Qatari, Doha, Getty, The U.S, Pentagon, U.S, Capitol, NATO, United, Associated Press Locations: Kabul, Arabian, Qatar, Iranian, AFP, Qatar's, Doha, Afghanistan, U.S, Iraq, United States
Rockets hit Afghan capital Kabul, at least eight killed
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
KABUL (Reuters) - Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 31, police officials said. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least eight civilians had been killed in the attack and 31 wounded. A picture of a young brother and sister, whom officials said were killed in their home, was widely shared on Facebook. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Qatar on Saturday to meet with an Afghan delegation and Taliban negotiators. Early this month, several gunmen stormed Kabul University campus and killed at least 35, most of them students and wounded more than 50.
Persons: Tariq Arian, Arian, , Mike Pompeo Organizations: Ministry of Interior, Facebook, Afghan, Kabul University, Islamic State Locations: KABUL, Afghan, Kabul, Afghanistan, Geneva, Iranian, Qatari, Doha, Qatar
Rockets hit Afghan capital Kabul, at least three killed
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
An injured man is carried to a hospital after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan November 21, 2020. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniKABUL (Reuters) - Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least three civilians and wounding a dozen more, police officials said. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said three civilians had been killed in the attack and 11 wounded. But a health ministry official said five bodies and 21 injured were taken to the hospital from the incident. Early this month, several gunmen stormed Kabul University campus and killed at least 35, most of them students and wounded more than 50.
Persons: Omar Sobhani, Tariq Arian, Arian, Organizations: REUTERS, Ministry of Interior, Facebook, Kabul University, Islamic State Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Omar Sobhani KABUL, Afghan, Geneva
Rockets hit Afghan capital Kabul, at least 8 killed
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
KABUL (Reuters) - Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 31, police officials said. An injured man is carried to a hospital after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan November 21, 2020. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least eight civilians had been killed in the attack and 31 wounded. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Qatar on Saturday to meet with an Afghan delegation and Taliban negotiators. Early this month, several gunmen stormed Kabul University campus and killed at least 35, most of them students and wounded more than 50.
Persons: Omar Sobhani, Tariq Arian, Arian, , Mike Pompeo Organizations: REUTERS, Ministry of Interior, Facebook, Afghan, Kabul University, Islamic State Locations: KABUL, Afghan, Kabul, Afghanistan, Geneva, Iranian, Qatari, Doha, Qatar
Slideshow ( 2 images )This will be Khan’s first visit to Afghanistan since assuming office over two years ago. It is the highest profile visit by a Pakistani official to Kabul since peace talks began between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the Qatari capital of Doha. Mistrust has cloaked relations between the neighbours, due to Pakistan’s covert support for the Taliban during the past two decades. Washington’s special representative for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad has a made a number of trips to Islamabad to discuss the peace process. “The focus will be mainly on the peace process but we won’t keep our hopes high,” said a source in the Afghan presidential palace.
Persons: Imran Khan, Ashraf Ghani, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Khan, Zalmay Khalilzad, Ghani, Dawa Khan Minapal, , Tariq Arian Organizations: Pakistan’s, Pentagon, United States, Afghan Interior Ministry Locations: KABUL, Kabul, Afghanistan, Qatari, Doha, United, Pakistan, Washington, Islamabad
Afghan policemen keep watch near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniKABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed Kabul University, killing students in their classrooms and firing on others as they fled on Monday, in the second attack on an educational institution in the city in just over a week, officials and witnesses said. The three attackers killed at least 19 people including students before Afghan security forces shot the gunmen dead, authorities said. “This is the second attack on educational institutions in Kabul ... Afghan children & youth need to feel safe going to school,” NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo said in a statement. A suicide bomber killed 24 people including teenage students at an education centre in Kabul on Oct. 24.
Persons: Omar Sobhani, Fathullah Moradi, Tariq Arian, Afghanistan Stefano Pontecorvo Organizations: REUTERS, Gunmen, Kabul University, Reuters, NATO, Representative, Islamic State, REUTERS/Omar Sobhani KABUL (Reuters), Gunmen stormed Kabul University Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Omar Sobhani KABUL, Qatar, United States, Kabul
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