A bomb rigged into a rickshaw murdered at least 15 kids and wounded 20 others in a Taliban-controlled region in southern Afghanistan on Friday, a provincial official said, as violence at the war-weary nation continued to spike.
The bomb went off after a guy driving a motorized rickshaw entered a village in the Gilan district to market products and was surrounded by kids, based on Wahidullah Jumazada, spokesman for the Ghazni provincial governor. He said the casualty toll may rise further.
Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the assault and Jumazada said an investigation was underway into why kids were targeted.
But, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid delivered a message into the press claiming that the explosion was a result of the remains of unexploded ordnance in the region, which the kids had supposedly picked up and caused by the retailer.
The conflicting reports couldn’t be reconciled since the place is under Taliban control and off-limits.
Founded in Afghanistan has spiked in recent months as the Taliban and Afghan authorities negotiators hold discussions in Qatar, attempting to hammer out a peace agreement that may put an end to decades of warfare.
The agreement, signed in Qatar in which the Taliban assert a political division, was meant to set the stage for immediate peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities.
Additionally, it provided for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has arranged that the reduction of US forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 from January 15, only days before President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as Trump’s successor. The troop levels are currently at roughly 4,000 and are anticipated to achieve the 2,500 goals punctually.
After discussions with the Taliban, Milley flew to Kabul to consult Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He explained he emphasized to both parties that they need to quickly reduce levels of violence throughout the nation.