Triple bomb blasts rock Kabul
Kabul witnessed three explosions early on Saturday morning, police confirmed, adding that the blasts left one security personnel dead and four others wounded, including a civilian, reported TOLOnews.
The first blast happened at around 6:30 am in Sarak-e-Naw area in Kabul’s PD5 (police district 5), Kabul police said in a statement. The blast targeted a private vehicle in which one security force member was killed and two others, including a civilian, were wounded, police said.
The second blast happened in Hangarha Roundabout in Kabul’s PD15 at around 7:20 am, leaving two policemen wounded, police said. According to the statement, the blast targeted a police vehicle.
The third explosion happened in the company area in Kabul’s PD5 and had no casualties, according to the statement.
This comes following a sharp increase in IED blasts in Kabul that mostly target security forces vehicles.
Taliban must reduce violence, says Gen Miller
The commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, Gen Scott Miller, in a visit to the north of the country with Deputy Defence Minister Shah Mahmood Miakhil, said there is a need that the Taliban should reduce their violence.
“The Afghan people want peace,” said Miller. “And it’s a requirement the Taliban lower their violence. We’ve talked with the Afghan security forces - all violence does is to create more violence. And so, the Afghan security forces will continue to take care of the Afghan people. But at the same time, we’ll be prepared to pursue the right paths toward a peaceful settlement.”
“We came here with Gen. Miller to speak to the Corps commander and assess the security situation in the north and see what we can do [to assist],” said Miakhil.
Mikhail said while security forces continue to push back enemy combatants, their goal is to end the fighting, gain the trust and respect of the people and enable peace. “War is not our goal; it’s a tool so we can provide a secure environment for our people to live in and create the possibility of education for their kids,” said Miakhil.