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IEA confirms seven dead in Kabul military hospital attack

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(Last Updated On: November 2, 2021)

Seven people, including a child, were killed and dozens were wounded in an attack on Afghanistan’s biggest military hospital on Tuesday, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials confirmed.

The attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daoud Khan Hospital in Wazir Akbar Khan ended after IEA forces gunned down five Daesh attackers, an IEA official told Ariana News.

The initial explosion rocked Kabul just before 1.30pm on Tuesday and was followed by a second explosion. Clashes then broke out between IEA forces and Daesh, lasting several hours.

According to the deputy minister of information and culture, Zabihullah Mujahid, seven people, including three women, one child, and three IEA members were killed and five others wounded.

However, an IEA official told Reuters at least 25 people were killed when Daesh (ISIS-K) gunmen stormed the facility in central Kabul after two heavy explosions.

Mujahid said on Tuesday night the hospital had been cleared of the militants.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the operation was typical of the complex attacks mounted by Daesh.

Meanwhile, the “horrific” attack on the hospital sparked condemnation from the UN mission in Afghanistan and the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul.

“Attacks targeting medical personnel and civilians seeking treatment are violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” UNAMA said.

“Those responsible need to be held to account,” the mission noted.

Pakistani Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan also “strongly” condemned the “terrorist attacks”, stating, “Our sympathies and solidarity with bereaved families.”

 

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IEA defense minister leaves Kabul for UAE

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Ministry of Defense says Mawlavi Mohammad Yaqoob left Kabul for United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, MoD said the defense minister left Kabul as head of delegation for the United Arab Emirates.

The defense ministry stated that the purpose of the trip is to meet with the leaders of the UAE and Afghans based in the country and to strengthen the relations of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with the Gulf countries.

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IEA lays foundation stone for complex marking Khost prisoner-swap site

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) is set to build a complex in the area where US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released in 2014 in exchange for five IEA members held in Guantanamo prison.

Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, who laid the foundation stone of the complex in Khost province, said that the complex will include a religious seminary, a school, a clinic and a freedom monument.

“Today is a very happy day for us. God has liberated our country… it is very fortunate that we are laying the foundation for a freedom monument here… release of the five prisoners was a source of happiness for Afghanistan,” Haqqani said.

Abdulhaq Wasiq, current head of intelligence, Mohammad Fazil Mazloom, deputy defense minister, Noorullah Noori, minister of frontiers and tribal affairs, Khairullah Khairkhwa, minister of information and culture, and Mohammad Nabi Omari, deputy minister of interior were released in a 2014 deal between the Obama administration and the IEA to free US soldier Bergdahl.

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US envoy stresses importance of Japan’s contributions to Afghanistan

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US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, has held talks with Japanese officials on humanitarian needs, human rights and political dialogue during his two-day visit to the country.

“Japan has been a friend of the Afghan people and our partner there for over 20 yrs, and we deeply appreciate Japan’s active diplomacy and continued generosity today,” West said on Twitter on Saturday.

“We are always stronger, on every challenge, when we act together with allies. True in Afghanistan – we’ll continue to need Japan’s expertise and diverse contributions,” West said.

The envoy also said that he got “sage advice” from Tadamichi Yamamoto, a Japanese who served as UN envoy for Afghanistan during 2016-2020.

He also discussed the economic strategy with Japan International Cooperation Agency.

West’s Japan visit was part of his tour to the region that includes India and the United Arab Emirates.

West is expected to consult with partners and Afghans regarding the humanitarian and economic crises in Afghanistan, protection of Afghans’ rights, and shared security concerns, according to a statement from the US State Department.

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