Several killed in Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan security compound

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed claimed responsibility saying several intelligence agents were killed. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 July 2019

Several killed in Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan security compound

  • The target of Sunday’s suicide attack was an intelligence unit compound in Ghazni
  • The attack comes as an all-Afghan two-day conference that includes the Taliban begins in Doha

KABUL: Taliban Islamist fighters killed at least eight Afghan security force members and four civilians, as well as wounding more than 50 civilians, by blowing up a car bomb in central Ghazni province on Sunday, government officials and the Taliban said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for detonating the bomb near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) compound in Ghazni city during Sunday morning’s rush hour. “Dozens of NDS officers were killed or wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

Arif Noori, a provincial government spokesman in Ghazni, confirmed eight members of the NDS and four civilians died in the blast, with more than 50 civilians injured. “Many injured people were being rushed to the hospital,” he said.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The blast in a crowded area of Ghazni city was the latest in a wave of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway over about half of Afghanistan and continue to intensify attacks on Afghan forces despite increased efforts toward a peace agreement to end the 18-year war.


Al-Jubeir meets Chinese envoy in Riyadh

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Al-Jubeir meets Chinese envoy in Riyadh

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir received Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom, Chen Weiqing, in Riyadh on Sunday.

During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, in addition to a number of issues of common concern.

Recently, Weiqing said that Saudi Arabia’s new tourist visa will stimulate economic diversification and boost visitor numbers from around the world.

Almost 24,000 foreign visitors entered Saudi Arabia in the 10 days after instant tourist visas were introduced at airports in the Kingdom, according to the Foreign Ministry.

China topped the visitor numbers with 7,391 arrivals, followed by the UK and US. Canada, Malaysia and Russia also had a significant number of visitors to the Kingdom.

“China and Saudi Arabia are comprehensive strategic partners. We believe that tourism cooperation between our two countries has great potential, and Saudi Arabia will become an attractive destination for Chinese tourists in the near future.”

In February, Saudi Arabia and China agreed to include the Chinese language in the curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom. The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.