India Condemns "Barbaric Terrorist Attacks" In Afghanistan

14 Mai, 2020, 18:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Four sources - a US official, a USA congressional aide, a European diplomat and a former Afghan official, all speaking on condition of anonymity - said the attacks were more likely to undermine the USA sponsored peace process than to achieve any government-Taliban reconciliation. The attackers were eventually killed in a lengthy clearance operation during which heavily armed Afghan security forces carried babies from the scene.

In a separate incident in the eastern Nangarhar province, 24 people were killed in a bombing at a funeral of a police commander, who had died of a heart attack, on Monday night.

Parliament members and other government officials attended the event, which left 68 people wounded.

An Afghan mother volunteered to breastfeed 20 newborn babies from a Kabul maternity unit after newborns, nurses and mothers were slaughtered in a gun attack this week.

"During the holy month of Ramadan and amid the threat of Covid-19, these dual attacks are particularly appalling".

After the attacks Ghani ordered Afghan forces to resume strikes against the Taliban, which the militant group has vowed to counter.

Afghan security forces adopted a defensive posture before the Taliban and USA signed a deal on February 29 that was meant to lead to a negotiated end of almost 20 years of war. "As long as there is no sustained reduction in violence and insufficient progress towards a negotiated political settlement, Afghanistan will remain vulnerable to terrorism", he said.

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Afghanistan's Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) has claimed that the Taliban has conducted an average of 55 attacks per day since the peace deal with the US.

"When I opened my eyes, I saw that my grandson's body had fallen to the ground, covered in blood", she recalled, as she wailed with grief. Pictures shared on social media showed newborn babies with their mothers lying on the floor.

"They should be forced to eradicate safe havens and sanctuaries that have abetted terrorism in the region for decades and caused huge miseries to untold number of people in the region", the MEA said.

The recent violence could further undermine the peace process after the signing of the deal, which includes the start of talks among key Afghan figures, including government representatives, and the Taliban.

Pentagon spokesperson Army Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell said the US Army would continue to conduct airstrikes on targets to defend Afghan forces.

The US military said it would keep observing its truce with the Taliban.

"As the secretary of defense stated recently, this is going to be a windy, bumpy road", Campbell said.

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