Two Afghan human rights workers killed in blast in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A bomb attached to a vehicle killed two members of Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission in Kabul on Saturday, the group said, as violence in the country rises despite a U.S.-brokered peace process.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said in a statement that 24-year-old donor coordinator Fatima Khalil and 41-year-old driver Ahmad Jawed Folad were killed by an explosive device while in an AIHRC vehicle on the way to its office on Saturday.

Unknown gunmen shoot dead 5 gov't employees in Kabul

KABUL, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen gunned down five employees of the Kabul Attorney General Office outside Kabul city on Monday, Kabul police spokesman Ferdous Faramarz said.

According to Faramarz, unidentified armed men opened fire on a car in Dehsabz area outside Kabul city, killing five including the driver and two prosecutors.

The Attorney General Office in a statement released here confirmed the incident and extended condolences to the victims' families.

It said the culprits behind the scene would be brought to justice.

Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of civilians amid peace efforts, officials say

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants kidnapped about 60 civilians in central Afghanistan over the past week, officials said on Sunday, with more than half still being held amid efforts by the United States and other foreign powers to start peace talks.

The Taliban took the hostages in the central province of Daikundi after a women escaped a Taliban-controlled village in a neighbouring province, according to the provincial deputy governor, Mohammad Ali Uruzgani.

US says its embassy in Kabul battling coronavirus outbreak

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. State Department says COVID-19 infections have been reported at its embassy in the Afghan capital and affected staff include diplomats, contractors and locals.

The State Department did not say how many were affected. An official at the embassy in Kabul, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, said up to 20 people were infected, the majority of them Nepalese Gurkhas, who provide embassy security.

Taliban attack kills 7 police in W. Afghan province: official

FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Seven Afghan policemen were killed in a Taliban militants' attack in the country's western Ghor province Friday night, a local official confirmed Saturday.

The incident happened late on Friday night, when a group of Taliban militants launched a massive attack on a security checkpoint in Abak area of Pasaband district, district chief Fakhruddin Khan told Xinhua.

Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Talks to end the 18-year-old conflict in Afghanistan may begin this month, sources said on Monday, a day after the U.S. special envoy visited the capital of neighbouring Pakistan and met Taliban leaders in Qatar.

The United States signed a troop withdrawal deal with the Taliban in February, but its attempts to usher the insurgent group towards peace talks with the Afghan government have been mired in setbacks and violence surged in March and April.

Afghan Fighting, Roadside Bomb Kill 15, Including 11 Police In Badakhshan

FAIZABAD, June 6 (NNN-AGENCIES) – At least 15 fighters, including 11 local police personnel were confirmed dead, as a clash erupted in Khash district of Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province today, provincial police spokesman, Sanahullah Rohani, said.

The clash flared up after Taliban militants launched massive offensives on several security checkpoints, triggering heavy fighting and both sides suffered, the official added.

Afghans condemn Iranian police after refugees killed in car blaze

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghans have taken to social media to denounce Iranian police after a video of a car carrying with Afghan refugees set ablaze in Iran went viral, arousing new anger weeks after Afghan officials accused Iranian border guards of drowning migrants.

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday three Afghans were killed and four injured in Iran’s central Yazd province after their vehicle was shot at by Iranian police, triggering the fire.

1 killed, 3 wounded in explosion in Kabul

KABUL, June 2 (Xinhua) -- One person was killed and three others were wounded in a bomb explosion in downtown Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed.

"One worshiper was martyred and three wounded after an improvised explosive device detonated in the courtyard of Wazir Akbar Khan mosque at 7:25 p.m. local time," spokesman Tariq Arian told Xinhua.

Bomb hits TV bus in Afghan capital, killing 2

KABUL, May 30 (Xinhua) -- A journalist and a driver were killed and four others wounded after a bomb hit a local TV channel's bus in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, an Interior Ministry official confirmed.

"The roadside bomb blast occurred at 4:05 p.m. local time in Police District 4 of the city. The killed along with the wounded were shifted to a hospital shortly after the explosion," Marwa Amini, deputy spokesperson of the ministry, told Xinhua.

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