Afghanistan: at least 5 dead and 21 wounded after mortar attack on Kabul

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The number of victims could increase as the security forces clearing the attacked areas progresses.

At least five people died on Saturday, and 25 were injured after the Afghan capital, Kabul, was attacked with a round of mortars, without knowing the authorship of the attack so far.

At least 14 rounds of mortars were fired from the rear of two vehicles located in the north of Kabul city, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement.

Unfortunately these rockets landed in residential areas of the city in police districts 10 and 2, according to the source.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Noorullah Tarakai, indicated that “so far there are five dead and 25 wounded, all of them civilians. “

The number of victims, he clarified, could increase in the next few hours as the security forces clearing work on the attacked areas progresses.

The attack occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. local time (04:15 GMT), peak time in the Afghan capital. Most of the rockets fell in downtown areas, which is also home to most of the government buildings.

So far no insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, assured that “the rocket bombardment in the city of Kabul is not the work of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) “.

“We do not allow the firing of rockets blindly in populated areas,” he said.

Attacks of this type have been claimed in the past by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), the Government however has linked these bombings to the Taliban.

The attack takes place at the same time as the peace talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government, which began last September, however negotiators have acknowledged that there has been no progress so far.

The need for progress in the negotiations to reduce violence coincides with the announcement of the US troop withdrawal in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops by January 15, 2021, of the current 4,500.

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet today in Qatar with negotiators from the Taliban group and the Government of Afghanistan, in which he could be one of the last meetings of the government of Donald Trump for the peace process in Afghanistan.

The Trump Administration has been key to the start of these negotiations.

Source: EFE



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