Two dead in Kabul terror attack as presidential election campaign begins

A wounded Afghan man receives treatment at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following an attack in Kabul on July 28, 2019. (AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR)
Updated 29 July 2019

Two dead in Kabul terror attack as presidential election campaign begins

  • Eleven people were killed and more than 40 injured in three consecutive bomb blasts in Kabul last week

KABUL: Two people died and at least 25 were injured on Sunday in a terrorist attack in Kabul on the first day of campaigning in the presidential election.

Among those injured was Amrullah Saleh, leader of the Afghan Green Trend Party and election running mate of President Ashraf Ghani.

“My brother, true son of the Afghan soil and first vice presidential candidate of my electoral team, Amrullah Saleh has survived a complex attack by enemies of the state. We are relieved and thank the almighty that the attack has failed,” Ghani said.

The attack began with a bomb blast on a road near the private Ghalib University in central Kabul. Gunmen then stormed a nearby building belonging to Saleh’s Party. He was injured by shrapnel before being taken to safety.

Afghan soldiers killed one gunman but two others battled security forces in a four-story building near the site of the explosion, from where 40 civilians were rescued.

Saleh, Afghanistan’s intelligence chief before he became a politician, is a fierce opponent of the Taliban and other hard-line Islamist groups. He led the National Directorate of Security until 2010.

No group admitted Sunday’s attack, but the Taliban oppose the election, and have attacked polling sites and warned civilians against taking part in elections funded by Western powers.

Eleven people were killed and more than 40 injured in three consecutive bomb blasts in Kabul last week, admitted by Daesh and the Taliban.


Taliban kill 6 members of same Afghan family

Updated 12 min 51 sec ago

Taliban kill 6 members of same Afghan family

  • But Taliban deny any involvement, saying the attack Saturday was triggered by a personal dispute
  • The Taliban now control or hold sway over roughly half of Afghanistan

KABUL: Afghan officials said Sunday that the Taliban executed six members of the same family, including an infant girl, in a remote village in the country’s north.
The Taliban denied any involvement, saying the attack Saturday was triggered by a personal dispute.
However, local Afghan officials said the family was accused by the Taliban of working in prostitution. The insurgents sentenced them to death for immoral acts, then stormed the house and opened fire, according to Jawed Bedar, a spokesman for Faryab province’s governor.
The infant girl’s mother and twin sister survived, but both of the child’s legs had to be amputated, the spokesman said.
He said Afghan security forces deployed to the village early Sunday and helped evacuate the two survivors to the hospital.
He said the Taliban attacked the government troops when they arrived. The ensuing gunbattle killed three Taliban members, who Bedar said were involved in the family’s killing.
The Taliban control the village in Andkhoy district where the killings took place, making it difficult to accurately determine what happened, he added.
The Taliban now control or hold sway over roughly half of Afghanistan.
Locals in the area also disputed the accounts of prostitution. Instead, they claimed that a member of the slain family was a former Taliban militant who recently joined the peace process, according to Andkhoy district chief Sultan Mohammad Sanjer.
It was not immediately possible to reconcile the conflicting accounts.
The Taliban continue to stage near-daily attacks targeting Afghan and US forces, even as they hold peace talks with the US and have given the US envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan.
Scores of Afghan civilians have also been killed in the crossfire and by roadside bombs planted by militants.

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