India strongly condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Cheryl Sanders
February 13, 2020

The ministry of defence said five were killed and at least six injured in the attack. "Twelve were wounded, including five civilians", said a spokesman for the ministry of interior. Four military personnel are among the dead.

The residents who live closeby confirmed the attack to a news agency and said that the explosion rocked their house.

It is also being said that this attack took place at a time when the USA is trying to negotiate with the Taliban for a ceasefire in Afghanistan.

A security source was quoted as saying the attacker was on foot when he targeted a vehicle as it was entering the facility.

But on Tuesday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted that he had received a call from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "informing me of the notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban".

Ghani said in a statement that the nation demands an immediate end to the violence and a durable ceasefire.

"It wasn't our work", said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, Reuters reported. Recent weeks have brought frequent attacks on police and USA security forces in Afghanistan, even as the United States and Taliban Islamist militants pursue talks to finalize a peace pact.

Trump announced he had canceled a secret meeting with the Taliban leaders and the Afghan president at Camp David after a Taliban auto bomb exploded in Kabul and killed 12 people, including a USA service member.

Four foreign nationals were among those wounded. Alongside the Taliban, other militants operate in Afghanistan, including the Islamic State group. Trump abruptly broke off the on-again, off-again USA talks with the Taliban in September after almost a year of discussions with the insurgent group.

Talks were restarted in December in Qatar, but paused again following an attack near the US-run Bagram military base in Afghanistan.

Rebuilding Afghanistan has cost hundreds of lives, according to a new report released Tuesday by a USA government watchdog that monitors the billions of dollars Washington spends in the war-ravaged country.

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