The explosion of a truck bomb near a hospital killed 20 people on Thursday morning, while at least nine civilians were killed in a drone strike meant to target jihadist fighters.
Afghanistan was Thursday, September 19, the scene of new deadly attacks for the third day in a row. The explosion of a truck bomb near a hospital killed 20 people, while at least nine civilians were killed in a drone strike targeting jihadist fighters.
"Like an earthquake, described a witness about the attack in Qalat, Zabul province, which left 20 dead and 90 wounded. It was a truck bomb attack. " It was targeted at the local headquarters of Afghan intelligence (NDS), according to the governor of this southern province, Rahmatullah Yarmal, "But the regional hospital that is in the same place was destroyed", he added, interviewed by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Meanwhile, at least nine farm workers were killed Thursday in the province of Nangarhar (in the east of the country) by drone fire. This strike "Was meant to target ISIS fighters, but hit civilians by mistake"said police spokesman for the province, Mubarez Atal. Contacted by AFP, the Afghan Ministry of Defense declined to comment on the information, saying it was investigating. The air strikes in Afghanistan can only be done by Afghan and American armies.
"We believed in an earthquake"
The Qalat attack was claimed by Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi: "We have led a martyred attack on the NDS", he said in a message, saying the building had been completely destroyed. In their call for an attack on President Ashraf Ghani's rally on September 17, the Islamist movement, which disputes the legitimacy of the September 28 elections, said it had "Targeted a meeting promoting puppet elections". The Taliban had said to have warned "People not to participate in election meetings".
This is the fourth bombing in three days in this country, less than ten days of voting in which Afghans must elect their president. They have killed nearly 70 people and injured dozens in total. Three of them were claimed by the Taliban. On Tuesday, at least 48 people died in two suicide bombings, one against a presidential election rally by President Ghani in the provinces, and the other in Kabul, which targeted an army recruitment center. On Wednesday, four civilians were killed in a suicide bombing and assault on an official building in Jalalabad.
The Afghan presidential election has taken on a new importance since Donald Trump gave up negotiations with the Taliban on September 7 for withdrawal of US forces. The Afghan government has been kept out of these negotiations and its leaders see the election of 28 as a way to get back into the game. "Every way to peace" must go " by the government ", said the spokesman of the president, Sediq Sediqqi.