Taliban militants, civilians suffer heavy casualties in a premature car bomb explosion

At least nineteen, people including Taliban militants and ordinary civilians, were killed or wounded in a premature car bomb explosion in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Khwaja Namosi Bazar, leaving at least ten militants and five civilians dead.

The statement further added that the Taliban militants were looking to detonate the car bomb in Maimana city to target security forces or the electoral campaigns.

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Taliban militants blown up by own explosives in Baghlan province

AT least two Taliban militants were killed while planting Improvised Explosive Devices on a roadside in northenr Baghlan province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Imam Qatiba area.

The source further added that the two militants were looking to plant IEDS on a road frequented by the Afghan security and defense forces but were killed after one of the IEDs went off prematurely.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and security personnel.

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District governor killed in coordinated Taliban attack in Ghazni

A senior government official was killed in a coordinated attack by the Taliban militants in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police commandment in a statement confirmed that the district administrative governor of Khwaja Omar district Ali Shams Dost was killed in the attack last night.

The statement further added that the Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on the district compound and security posts late on Wednesday night.

At least twenty seven Taliban insurgents were also killed during the clashes and airstrikes launched in response to the attack, the statement added.

In the meantime, the provincial police commandment said at least seven security personnel also lost their lives in the attack and at least nine others were wounded.

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9 of the 30 abducted passengers released in South of Afghanistan

At least nine of the thirty abducted passengers have been released in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

The local security officials confirmed that nine of the hostages were released on Wednesday.
Provincial security chief Abdul Qawi Omari said nine of the hostages were released after the local tribal and influential elders intervened and negotiated with the Taliban insurgents.
He said still many passengers are in the captivity of the Taliban insurgents.

According to Omari, the passengers were abducted two days ago by the Taliban insurgents from the vicinity of Sabzal area in southern Kandahar province.

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Taliban leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad’s 10 insurgents join peace process

At least ten insurgents belonging to the Taliban group leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants led by Ismail alias Fawad joined the peace process due to the ongoing peace efforts of the provincial National Directorate of Security.

The statement further added that the militants joined peace process in Khogyani district and also handed over some weapons and ammunition to the local authorities.
The weapons handed over to the authorities include five Ak-47 assault rifles, two pistols, a rocket launcher, six hand grenades, and one communication device set.

The militants were previously active in Khogyani district where they were conducting destructive activities under the leadership of the Taliban leader Mawlavi Nik Mohammad, the statement added.

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Taliban kills seven policemen in Farah

A Taliban attack has killed seven policemen in western Farah province, a local official said.

Dadullah Qani, a member of Farah Provincial Council, said the attack took place early in the morning on Friday, targeting a highway security checkpoint in the province’s Bala Buluk district.

According to Mr. Qani, seven policemen were killed during the attack while two others have surrendered to the insurgents.

The official further said that Taliban insurgents have seized all weapons and ammunitions of the checkpoint.

He also confirmed that the insurgents have suffered causalities, but said the exact number is unknown yet.

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Afghan delegation set to ‘talk peace’ with Taliban in Dubai this week

An Afghan delegation is expected to meet the Taliban representatives in Dubai next week, discuss peace and trace the causes of the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

“The agenda of the meeting is not clear so far, but finding the causes of the war and reaching to peace are the main objectives of the meeting,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a member of the Afghan delegation.

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Daesh Insurgents In Burqas Kill 15 Taliban Members In Jawzjan

Two Daesh insurgents, wearing burqas, shot and killed 15 Taliban members in northern Jawzjan province on Tuesday, local officials confirmed on Wednesday.

The incident happened in Chaqma Chaqor village of Qoshtepa district of the province after the two Daesh insurgents opened fire on the Taliban who had gathered in the area, the district governor Aminullah said.

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American, Canadian Freed After Being Held Hostage Since 2012

Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman along with their children were freed this week during an operation involving Pakistani forces.

The couple were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 and have in that time had three children.
They were reportedly held by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

According to Fox News, the operation that set Coleman, Boyle and their children free was undertaken by Pakistani forces based on actionable intelligence provided by US authorities, according to a statement by the ISPR.

US intelligence agencies had been tracking the hostages and shared the location with Pakistani counterparts when the hostages shifted into Pakistani territory Wednesday.

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Sar-e-Pul governor, intelligence chief escape suicide bomber attack

A suicide bomber was shot dead before he manage to target the top government officials in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan.

According to the local security officials, the suicide bomber was looking to target the provincial governor and intelligence chief during an official visit to the city.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Zabiullah Amani said the suicide bomber was shot dead seconds before he detonate his explosives.

Amani further added that the suicide bomber was identified as he was attempting to get close to provincial governor and intelligence chief.

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