Afghan official: Taliban suicide blast hits police, kills 3

Afghan officials inspect the site of attack in Samangan province on Saturday. (File/Reuters)
Updated 27 July 2019

Afghan official: Taliban suicide blast hits police, kills 3

  • The explosion on Saturday morning in the Ab Band district also wounded 12 policemen
  • The Taliban hold sway in around half of Afghanistan and launch daily attacks across the country, mainly targeting Afghan security forces

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says at least three police officers were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a district police headquarters in eastern Ghazni province.
Ahmad Khan Serat, provincial police chief’s spokesman, says the explosion on Saturday morning in the Ab Band district also wounded 12 policemen.
He says the Taliban, who control much of the province, used a stolen military Humvee in the attack, which partially destroyed the headquarters.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The Taliban hold sway in around half of Afghanistan and launch daily attacks across the country, mainly targeting Afghan security forces.
On Thursday, also in Ghazni province, an hours-long gunbattle between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the district of Khogyani killed the district police chief and three other officers.


Curtains close on Jaipur Literature Festival

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Curtains close on Jaipur Literature Festival

  • This year’s themes were current trends in politics, wider society, the economy, art, and literature

NEW DELHI: The 13th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) came to a close on Monday after registering a footfall of more than 400,000 visitors during the five-day event, which saw the participation of more than 500 speakers from 30 countries.

What started as a small event in the western Indian city of Jaipur in 2007 has gone on to become one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, so much so that the Diggi Palace, an expansive medieval structure which was used as the venue for the JLF every year, became overcrowded this year, forcing organizers to look for a new venue for 2021.

This year’s themes were current trends in politics, wider society, the economy, art, and literature.

With India witnessing continuous protests against new citizenship legislation introduced by the government, most of the political discussions revolved around the issue, with many drawing attention to the danger it posed to the constitution and the secular fabric of the country.

Changes taking place in the Arab world were also part of this year’s discourse with four Arab authors speaking at the JLF.