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Tag: Afghanistan

Security forces defuse 20 landmines in Afghanistan

Kabul: Security forces in Afghanistan have unearthed and defused 20 landmines in Kandahar province, officials said on Wednesday. The landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were planted by militants in Shah Wali Kot district’s Charchenar village where engineering teams of provincial police discovered them, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior Affairs said in a statement cited by […]

10 militants killed during NATO airstrike in Afghanistan

Kabul: A NATO-led coalition forces’ pilot-less aircraft struck a Taliban hideout in Afghanistan and killed 10 militants, police said on Saturday. The strike, which was conducted in Barmal district, killed 10 militants and destroyed a militants’ vehicle, Xinhua news agency quoted policeman Shah Mohammad Aryan as saying. In a separate incident in Wardak province, a […]

22 IS militants killed, 2 captured in Afghanistan

Kabul: Twenty-two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and two others captured on Tuesday as security forces stormed their hideouts in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, an official statement said. According to the statement, the special operations were launched in the early hours of Tuesday against the hideouts in Khogiani district, reports Xinhua news agency. Four hideouts […]

US, Pakistan officials discuss Afghan-peace process

Islamabad: US and Pakistani officials held delegation-level talks on the Afghan peace process here on Monday, the media reported. US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells arrived in Islamabad for a meeting with the government’s interagency delegation led by Additional […]

2,200-year-old workshop unearthed in Peshawar

Peshawar: Archaeologists from the University of Peshawar (UoP) said that they have discovered remains of metal workshops from the Indo-Greek period dating back to the 2nd century BC. The discovery has been made from a site in the Hayatabad neighbourhood of Peshawar, located close to the border of the Khyber district, said professor Gul Rahim […]

Pakistan Minister asks Britain to return Koh-i-Noor

Islamabad: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday asked Britain to return to Islamabad the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is claimed by India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and also Iran. The 105-carat diamond has been part of the British crown jewels for the past 150 years. Chaudhry also endorsed the demand that the British empire must apologise to […]

99 militants killed in Afghan battle

Kabul: At least 99 Taliban militants and 12 government security personnel have been killed in a fierce and lengthy battle in Afghanistan’s Badghis province, officials said on Monday. The fighting has been raging since Saturday in Bala-Murghab district of the province and left 25 insurgents and 34 security personnel injured, the Defence Ministry said in […]

India, Russia discuss situation in Afghanistan

New Delhi: India and Russia had wide-ranging discussions on evolving situation in Afghanistan during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s two-day visit to the country. An External Affairs Ministry release said that during the visit which concluded on Tuesday, the Foreign Secretary met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov for foreign office consultations. The discussions reviewed the implementation […]

Taliban commander among 12 killed in Afghanistan

Maymana (Afghanistan): A dozen militants including Taliban key commander Mawlawi Hussain were killed in Qaisar district of Afghanistan’s Faryab province on Tuesday, Army officials said. “Security forces in a surprise move against the enemies stormed Taliban hideout in Doshakh area of Qaisar district early Tuesday, killing 12 insurgents including notorious commander Mawlawi Hussain on the […]

8 policemen killed in Afghan base camp attack

Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan): Eight police personnel were killed and six others wounded after Taliban militants attacked a police camp in Afghanistan’s Balkh province overnight, the police said on Tuesday. “The Taliban armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades stormed an Afghan Local Police (ALP) base camp in Shaikhah village of Sholgara district. In an ensuing gunfight, eight […]

11 dead as heavy rain, flood hit Afghanistan

Maymana (Afghanistan): At least 11 people have died and nine others injured due to downpour and flash floods in Afghanistan’s Faryab, Jawzjan and Sari Pul provinces over the past two days, officials said on Saturday. Talking to reporters, Jawed Bidar, spokesman for the Faryab provincial government, said eight people had lost their lives in parts […]

90 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan: Police

Kabul: More than 100 people, including 13 civilians, have been killed as government forces and Taliban fighters intensified operations over control of Talawka area in Afghanistan’s Kunduz city, police said on Sunday. Police officer Abdul Baqi Nuristani told the media that more than 90 Taliban fighters had been killed and 30 others injured since Thursday […]

One of 7 Indians abducted in Afghanistan returns

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has said one of the seven Indians abducted in Baghlan province of Afghanistan has safely returned. Militants had abducted seven employees of an Indian company KEC in May 2018 in Bagh-e-Shamal village. “We are grateful to the Afghanistan government for their support in securing the release and repatriation of […]

World Bank provides Afghanistan $235 mn for development

Kabul: The World Bank has provided a grant of $235 million to the Afghan government to support its efforts for development and stimulating growth in the country, the country’s Finance Ministry said on Thursday. On Wednesday, Acting Minister of Finance Humayon Qayoumi and World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan Shubham Chaudhuri signed the new financial […]

Taliban attack Afghan security base, 18 killed

Kabul: At least 18 people were killed and 27 others injured after the Taliban attacked a security base in Afghanistan’s Wardak province. The attack took place at the Afghan Special Forces’ station in the provincial capital of Maidan Shar, reports Xinhua news agency. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near the station at around […]

US president's tenor and tone 'completely unacceptable': Congress on Trump's library jibe

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday termed as “completely unacceptable” US President Donald Trump’s ‘library’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the government to remind America of India’s assistance to Afghanistan. Trump took a jibe at Modi for funding a “library” in Afghanistan, saying it is of no use in the war-torn country. […]

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India dismisses Trump's jibe at Modi on Afghanistan

New Delhi: India on Thursday dismissed US President Donald Trump’s remark that it is not doing enough for peace and stability in Afghanistan, with sources here saying New Delhi does not send troops abroad except under specific UN mandate. “India firmly believes in the critical role that developmental assistance can play in transforming human lives,” […]

7 killed in Afghan explosion

Ghazni (Afghanistan): Seven civilians have been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, officials said on Monday. “Seven civilians were killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Ghazni late Sunday,” government spokesman Harif Noori told Xinhua news agency. The incident occurred when a running mini bus touched off the IED along a […]

US 'to pull 7,000 troops' from Afghanistan: Media

Washington:The Donald Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan, the US media reported. Reports, citing unnamed officials, said about 7,000 troops — roughly half the remaining US military presence in the country — could go home within months. The Washington Post reported on Thursday the potential move was being met with […]

Imran Khan says Pak will do everything within its power for Afghan peace

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday that Pakistan will do everything within its power to further the peace process in Afghanistan as talks sponsored by the country between the US and the Taliban were being held in the UAE to end the 17-year bloody conflict. The US and the Taliban have previously met on […]

25 killed in Afghan military helicopter crash

Kabul: At least 25 people, including senior government and Army officials, were killed when a military helicopter crashed due to bad weather in the region bordering Afghanistan’s Farah and Herat provinces on Wednesday, authorities said. “The 25 people on board were martyred. Among them were Farah provincial council chief Farid Bakhtawar; Jamila Amini, the deputy […]

Several dead in Kabul suicide attack

Kabul: Several persons were killed and many wounded in a suicide attack near Pul Charkhi prison here in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said. A vehicle carrying prison employees was targeted by a suicide bomber, Khaama Press news agency reported. At least four were confirmed dead and five others sustained critical injuries, a security officer said. […]

UN allocates $34.6mn for drought-affected Afghans

Kabul: The UN has allocated $34.6 million in emergency aid to support 2.2 million Afghans affected by a severe drought, it was announced on Wednesday. The amount was allocated by UN Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and Central Emergency Response Fund, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement cited by […]

18 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attacks on military checkpoints

Kabul: At least 18 Afghan army soldiers were killed and 10 others kidnapped in attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group against several military checkpoints in the western province of Farah, officials told Efe on Sunday. The attacks come amid increased violence ahead of the Afghan legislative elections scheduled for October 20, in which […]

Pakistan, Afghanistan urged to sign treaty on Kabul river water

Islamabad: Experts have urged for an agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the apportionment of the Kabul river water and warned that construction of reservoirs on the river would disturb its entire ecology. The announcement was made on Wednesday during a conference titled “Sustainable usage of the Kabul River: Challenges and opportunities for Pak-Afghan cooperation” […]

Asia Cup: Shahzad, Nabi guide Afghanistan to 252 against India

Dubai: Opener Mohammad Shahzad’s entertaining century and sensible innings from Mohammad Nabi helped Afghanistan post 252/8 against Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India in the final match of the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. Right from the start Shahzad (124) played freely and punished Indian bowlers […]

Afghanistan seeks agriculture tie-ups with India

Mumbai: Afghanistan on Saturday invited Indian businesses to invest in its agriculture sector, promising to roll out great opportunities in the fields of manufacturing, processing, packaging and marketing of farm products. Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture Naseer Ahmed Durrani said that the country’s farm production and exports were growing and urged Indian businesses to explore […]

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Blast near election office in Afghanistan kills 2

Jalalabad (Afghanistan): At least two people were killed and four others wounded in a suicide attack during a protest near the Election Commission office in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Saturday, officials said. The attack occurred around 11.20 a.m. when an attacker blew himself up during the protest in the provincial capital of Jalalabad, Nangarhar governor’s […]

US welcomes Imran Khan's desire for peace with India, Afghanistan

Washington: The US has welcomed newly-elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khans statement emphasising the importance of peace with India and Afghanistan, a key official said here. “We welcome the words of Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he discussed the importance of peace on both sides of Pakistan’s borders,” Alice Wells, who heads the Bureau […]

Afghanistan marks 99th anniversary of independence

Kabul: Afghanistan on Sunday marked the 99th anniversary of its independence from British occupation amid deteriorating security situation. President Ashraf Ghani laid a wreath at the Independence Minaret during an official celebration held inside the Defence Ministry compound after inspecting guards of honour here, reports Xinhua news agency. Ghani paid tribute to security forces who […]

Dozens killed as Taliban storm Afghanistan's Ghazni city

Kabul: The Taliban launched a massive offensive in Afghanistan’s Ghazni city on Friday amid reports of multiple casualties even as heavy fighting continued between the government forces and militants. Afghan soldiers fought back as militants converged from four sides of the city, resulting in several deaths on all sides, Ghazni provincial government spokesman Mohammad Arif […]

Indian among three kidnapped, killed in Kabul

Kabul: An Indian national and two others working for international food company Sodexo in Afghanistan were kidnapped and killed by gunmen here on Thursday. “An Indian, a Malaysian and a Macedonian citizen were abducted and killed. We have found their bodies,” a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief said. The Indian national is said to be […]

9 policemen killed in Afghan suicide attack

Kabul: Nine police personnel have been killed and three others wounded in a suicide blast attack in Afghanistan’s Kunar province an official said on Tuesday. The attack was carried out around 8 p.m. on Monday, when a terrorist tried to make his way into an Afghan Local Police (ALP) camp in Babar Tangai area of […]

18 killed, 49 injured in Afghanistan suicide attack

Kabul: At least 18 people were killed and another 49 injured on Sunday in a suicide attack in the heart of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, a security source said. Confirming the attack, which took place on the last day of the ceasefire declared by the Taliban marking the end of […]

India-Afghanistan test match begins in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: India skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and opted to bat in the one-off Test against debutants Afghanistan here Thursday. Afghanistan is set to become the 12th nation to play Test cricket as skipper Asghar Stanikzai opted for a spin-heavy playing XI at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here. For the hosts sans regular skipper Virat […]

Taliban announces Eid ceasefire in Afghanistan

Kabul: The Taliban on Saturday announced a ceasefire in Afghanistan during the three days of Eid-ul-Fitr when no attack will be carried out on Afghan forces. “All mujahidin are instructed to stop all their offensive operations against the domestic opposition forces throughout the country during the first, second and third days of the Eid,” Efe […]

16 killed in Afghanistan blast

Kabul: At least 16 people were killed when a vehicle, packed with explosives detonated in the southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, authorities said. Provincial Governor Tooryalai Wesa said that at least 16 people were killed and 38 others wounded in the explosion, Ariana News reported. According to Wesa, the death toll is expected to rise, […]

4 Taliban insurgents killed in Afghan air strikes

Kabul: At least four Taliban insurgents were killed following an Afghan Special Operations Forces-related air strikes in the southern province of Zabul, officials said on Sunday. “The strikes were conducted against militants of Taliban terrorist outfit in Shahjoy and Shinkay districts and two insurgents’ motorcycles were also destroyed,” Xinhua quoted Operational Coordination Group Afghanistan as […]

8 killed, 43 hurt in explosion during cricket match in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least eight people were killed and 43 wounded in three consecutive explosions during a cricket match in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, media reported on Saturday. The blasts occurred around Friday midnight at Jalalabad’s Spinghar cricket stadium where hundreds of people had gone to watch a match between local teams, Efe news reported quoting Attaullah […]

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits northern India

  New Delhi: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit the northern India today following which tremors were felt across Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Kashmir triggering panic among the people. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported. “Tremors of earthquake were felt for some seconds at 4.11 p.m.,” an […]