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Kabul school blasts death toll rises to 53: MoI

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(Last Updated On: May 9, 2021)

The death toll from a series of blasts outside a school in PD13 capital Kabul rose to 53, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.

According to the reports, at least three blasts happened near Sayed-ul-Shuhada high school in the west of Kabul on Saturday afternoon, the ministry added.

The Ministry of Interior says three blasts happened near Sayed-ul-Shuhada school in Kabul on Saturday, a car bomb attack and two IED blasts that were planted in the area.

The blasts started with a car bomb explosion and was followed by two rocket attacks, according to sources.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Officials said that the incident happened when students were leaving home.

Taliban in a statement condemned the attacks.

Meanwhile, Reuters quoting Afghan officials reported that the death toll number rises to at least 55 people and wounded over 150, mostly female students.

A senior security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that most of the casualties were students coming out of the Sayed ul Shuhada school, and many were badly wounded in hospital.

President Ghani also condemned the attack yesterday.

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Woman imprisoned by brother for 25 years dies just five months after rescue

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

A woman who was imprisoned in a dark room for 25 years in Kabul died on Monday, just five months after being rescued by police.

The woman, Nikbakhta, had been held by her brother in appalling conditions but was rescued after neighbors in district 10 tipped off the authorities about her plight in September last year.

After being rescued, she was hospitalized and treated for malnutrition and anemia.

Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said on Monday that Nikbakhta spent a month in hospital after being rescued and once well enough to leave she was moved to a place of safety.

At the insistence of acting interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, Nikbakhta had regular medical check ups.

But on Sunday her health deteriorated. She passed away on Monday at about 6.30am, Zadran said.

According to him, Nikbakhta was buried later the same day on Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hill after a burial ceremony conducted by Haqqani.

In September, police arrested four of Nikbakhta’s relatives, including her brother, for having forcibly imprisoned, abused and neglected her.

Police said at the time she had been subjected to years of abuse after separating from her husband. Other problems that plagued her included infertility, having a brother who was allegedly a criminal and a dispute over inheritance.

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Murderer publicly executed in Jowzjan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

The Supreme Court has announced that a man, convicted of murder, was executed in northern Jowzjan province on Monday.

The court said in a statement that Nazar Mohammad had killed Khal Mohammad with a knife.

Nazar Mohammad was publicly executed in a stadium in Sheberghan, the capital of Jowzjan province.

This comes four days after two other murderers were executed in Ghazni province.

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UN Security Council to discuss appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2024)

The United Nations Security Council is set to meet on Afghanistan on Monday to discuss the appointment of a special envoy for Afghanistan and the results of a recent international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha.

Naseer Ahmed Faiq, Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, said that in this meeting, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present a report about the appointment of special envoy for Afghanistan and the recent international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha.

Security Council Resolution 2721 in December last year requested that the Secretary-General brief the Security Council on the outcome of consultations within 60 days.

But the Islamic Emirate emphasizes that Afghanistan is not in crisis and with the presence of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country, there is no need to appoint a new representative.

“As for the special representative, the position of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is very clear and there is no need to appoint a special representative for Afghanistan,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said.

“Afghanistan is a secure country and does not suffer from any crisis and needs international cooperation, but within the framework of the cooperation that existed before. In the presence of UNAMA, all issues between the United Nations and Afghanistan will be resolved.”

“There is no need for a special representative. They should cooperate with the people of Afghanistan. They should not prevent Afghanistan’s progress in the diplomatic field and should not consider Afghanistan a country facing a crisis,” Mujahid added.

The UN Doha meeting on Afghanistan was held last week. IEA declined an invitation to attend the meeting.

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