17 people including ten policemen killed in Takhar, Kabul

11 March, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • 20 TTP militants killed in US drone strike in Kunar

Among the dead were two policemen, he said.

Fazlullah is known for training suicide bombers, and was the target of a USA drone strike that killed over 20 militants on Wednesday.

Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Mosalla-e-Mazar area of Kabul which resulted in deaths of at least seven persons.

The spokesperson for the Health Ministry, Wahid Majro, said several of the wounded were in critical condition and he feared the death toll could rise further.

Friday's attack came less than two weeks after President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks in a country which has been at war for decades.

"We were inside the mosque when a loud explosion took place. We are engaged with Pakistan on how we can work together as well as address Pakistan's legitimate concerns through a negotiated process", she said.

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In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

A security guard, Ali Reza, said he saw the suicide attacker walk into a line of Hazaras waiting to enter a mosque complex for a ceremony commemorating a revered leader, Abdul Ali Mazari.

Ghani at an global conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognizing them as a political party.

Tadamichi Yamamoto told the Security Council Thursday the Taliban's argument that it won't talk to the government because the conflict is not between Afghan parties "misrepresents the reality".

Wells, who is leading the Afghan peace effort for the US government, said Washington was supporting talks without preconditions to allow for "creative solutions and approaches".

The United States has refused to withdraw troops as demanded by the Taliban and has insisted that the Kabul government must play a lead role in peace negotiations.

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