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Spy Chief Admits Having Prior Clue on Recent Attacks in Kabul  

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(Last Updated On: January 28, 2018)

Afghan Intelligence Chief on Sunday admitted that they had prior clue on recent terrorist attacks in the capital Kabul in which hundreds of people have been killed and wounded.

On Saturday, an ambulance packed with explosives was detonated in a crowded area of Kabul City, killing 103 people, and injuring 235 including nine women.

The bombing came just days after a 15-hour siege by militants at the Intercontinental Hotel in the city that left 22 dead, including 14 foreigners.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks.

“I can show you the reports as we had prior to both attacks, how they [the militants] have come,” said Head of National Directorate of Security, Massoum Stanekzai. “But as you see, deferent tactics being used and for each and every tactic humans being used as tool [which] is the worst type of crime against humanity.”

The NDS Chief made the remarks at a joint press conference in Kabul, which was also attended by the Interior and defense ministers.

Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said that they have spotted the vulnerable areas in the capital and will tighten the security of areas around the city where the militants coming through.

“In upcoming weeks and months you will see changes in the security regime of Kabul,” Barmak said.

Meanwhile, in response to critics that call for resignation of the security officials, Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami said that their resignation would not solve any security issue in the country.

“I don’t believe that the resignation could solve the problem, whenever the people have found better and qualified individuals than us, I will immediately resign and leave the post,” Bahrami insisted.

It comes after a number of political parties called on the security officials to step down, including Rahmatullah Nabil, a senior member of Mehwar-e Mardom-e Afghanistan party, who claimed that security officials are involved in political negotiations, instead of focusing on their main duties.

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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