At least 15 killed in multiple explosions in Afghanistan | Free press


Kabul (dpa) – At least 15 people were killed in incidents in various provinces of Afghanistan, most of them civilians.

Local authorities announced this on Monday. Accordingly, in the province of Sabul in the south of the country, a tour bus hit a bomb placed by the side of the road. At least 11 people were killed and a further 28 were injured in the incident in Shahr-e Safa district.

In a similar incident involving a minivan in Parwan province, Sahir Salangi’s provincial council said at least two other civilian lists have been killed and eight others injured. The bus hit a mine on the side of the road. When local residents gathered to help, there was another explosion that injured four other people, Salangi said.

The militant Islamist Taliban have placed explosives on streets across the country to prevent or slow movements of security forces. Some detonate when police or army vehicles drive across the sites. But very often they also explode when civilians pass by.

In Farah province in the west of the country, an army checkpoint not far from the provincial capital of Farah City was also attacked with a car bomb on Monday evening. At first there was conflicting information about the victims. The provincial governor spoke of two dead soldiers, another county council of at least six dead who were recovered from the rubble after the bomb. It is unclear where the rest of the soldiers are.

The security situation in Afghanistan is tense. Since the official withdrawal of international forces began on May 1, the Taliban have launched offensives in several provinces. Some of them were successful, others were able to repel government forces. Before the end of the fasting month of Ramadan this week, the Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire.

According to a Taliban statement released Monday evening, all Taliban fighters are ordered to cease offensive operations across the country from the first to the third day of the traditional sugar festival. The holidays, also known as Eid al-Fitr, start on Wednesdays or Thursdays, depending on the moon sighting.

The statement prohibited Taliban fighters from visiting government-controlled areas or allowing “enemy personnel” access to areas controlled by the Islamists. A response from the government in Kabul is still pending.

By the end of Ramadan, the Taliban had already stopped the fire in the past. In 2018, many Taliban fighters visited government-run areas, and there were scenes of reconciliation with security forces.