Afghanistan: Airstrikes, accidents, Taliban attack kill many; several hurt

Afghanistan: Airstrikes, accidents, Taliban attack kill many; several hurt

JAWZJAN/KABUL/KHOSHT: A total of 21 terrorists were confirmed dead as fighting planes struck Taliban positions in Afghanistan’s northern Jawzjan province on Friday, an army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Saturday.
The sorties targeted Taliban positions and hideouts in Murghab, Hasantabin, Atma and adjoining villages along the road linking Jawzjan to the neighboring Sari Pul province on Friday afternoon, killing 21 insurgents and injuring 10 others, the official said.
Taliban terrorists, who have intensified activities since the start of the US-led forces pullout from Afghanistan early in May and have reportedly overrun about 200 districts, have yet to make comments.
Two separate accidents claim lives
At least 20 people were killed and 18 others were injured in two separate traffic accidents in Afghanistan’s Laghman province, as per reports on Saturday.
Both accidents took place in the Qarghayi district in a span of 12 hours. One happened near Narinj Bagh village and involved a passenger bus colliding with another vehicle. Due to the accident, eight people were killed and 10 more were injured.
The other incident took place near the Aziz Khan Kats village, killing 12 people and injuring eight others.
The provincial governor’s office said in a statement that the carelessness of drivers was behind the two incidents.
Taliban attack kills 2, several injured
Atleast two Afghan civilians were killed and 30 other suffered injuries in a “Taliban attack” during a ceremony on National Flag Day in Yaqubi district in Khost province on Friday, according to the provincial government.
“Two civilians were killed and 30 more were wounded in a Taliban attack,” reports quoted the Khost governor’s office.
Taliban has not commented on the incident.
Violence has escalated in Afghanistan in recent weeks as the Taliban have intensified their offensive against civilians, Afghan defence and security forces.
This comes in wake of foreign troops drawdown from the war-torn country.
Over the last few weeks, they captured several districts in Afghanistan including Takhar, the country’s northeastern province.
The Taliban seized over 193 district centres and 19 border districts, according to the Afghan foreign ministry.
The Taliban have also taken control of 10 border crossing points across the country in Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Herat and Farah provinces leading to the complete shutdown of cross border movements and trade in these areas.
The ministry further disclosed that since April 14, nearly 4,000 ANDSF personnel had been killed, over 7,000 injured and about 1,600 captured by the Taliban. As many as 2,000 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the violence, while 2,200 were injured.

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