A suicide automobile bombing on Sunday killed no less than 13 people and wounded round 120 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province, officers mentioned.
The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, mentioned emergency employees had been treating dozens of people with each critical and lightweight accidents from the bombing. He anticipated the dying toll to rise.
Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Aran mentioned the automobile bombing struck close to the doorway of the provincial police chief’s office and other close by government buildings within the space.
No one instantly claimed accountability for the assault in Ghor, which comes amid an uptick in assaults by the Taliban as representatives of the group and Afghan government officers maintain their first-ever face-to-face talks in Qatar, where the Taliban have had a political office for a few years. The negotiations are supposed to finish a long time of battle. in Afghanistan.
Arif Aber, spokesperson for the provincial governor in Ghor, mentioned the blast was so robust that its sound might heard throughout Feroz Koh, the capital metropolis of the province.
“It damaged and partially destroyed a few government buildings, including the police chief’s office, the women’s affairs department and the provincial office for refugees,” Aber mentioned.
Peace talks ongoing
On Friday, the Taliban agreed to droop assaults in southern Afghanistan, which displaced hundreds of residents in latest days. That got here after the U.S. vowed to halt all airstrikes and night time raids in preserving with the peace settlement the U.S. signed with the Taliban in February.
The U.S. had been conducting airstrikes in help of Afghan forces attempting to repel Taliban assaults in Helmand province, which threatened to derail the efforts to finish Afghanistan’s battle.
The peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators started in September, however after a ceremonious begin turned slowed down, primarily within the trivia of Islamic jurisprudence.
While profitable negotiations are seen as vital to ending the combating, the withdrawal of American troops depends on the Taliban honouring its commitments from the February accord to not help terror teams and struggle all militants, most particularly the area’s affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).