Car bombing in Afghanistan kills 12, wounds more than 100

Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb attack that targeted an Afghan police headquarters in Feroz Koh, the capital of Ghor Province on October 18, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 18 October 2020

Car bombing in Afghanistan kills 12, wounds more than 100

  • No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Ghor
  • Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aran said the car bombing struck near the entrance of the provincial police chief’s office

KABUL, Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province, officials said.
The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light injuries from the bombing. He expected the death toll to rise.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aran said the car bombing struck near the entrance of the provincial police chief’s office and other nearby government buildings in the area.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Ghor, which comes amid an uptick in attacks by the Taliban as representatives of the group and Afghan government officials hold their first-ever face-to-face talks in Qatar, where the Taliban have had a political office for many years. The negotiations are meant to end the country’s decades-long war.
On Friday, the Taliban agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan that had displaced thousands of residents in recent days. It came after the US vowed to halt all strikes and night raids in keeping with the peace agreement the US signed with the Taliban in February.
The US had been conducting air strikes in support of Afghan forces trying to repel Taliban assaults in Helmand province, which threatened to derail efforts to end Afghanistan’s war.


France to dissolve pro-Hamas Muslim group: Macron

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France to dissolve pro-Hamas Muslim group: Macron

PARIS: France is to dissolve pro-Hamas Muslim group, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

The French government has intensified action against Islamist extremism in recent days after a teacher was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in class, Macron added.

Macron said the local group involved in Friday's beheading attack would be disbanded.

"We know what needs to be done", Macron told reporters after a meeting with a unit for the fight against Islamism in a northeastern suburb of Paris.

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