Separate Attacks Kill UN Foreign Employee and 35 Others in Afghanistan

More than three dozen people are reported dead in a series of security-related incidents in Afghanistan.

A foreign national was killed in a grenade attack targeting a United Nations vehicle in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Sunday.

Five other people – including two Afghan staff – were wounded in the attack, Rahimi said. The nationalities of the other victims were not released.

The United Nations condemned the attack and confirmed the death of an international employee in the Sunday night attack. It said two other staffers, including a foreigner and an Afghan, were injured.

The attack happened on a road frequently used by the  UN shuttling workers between central Kabul and a large UN compound on its outskirts.

Meanwhile, Taliban rebels assaulted a security outpost in central Daykundi province overnight, killing eight soldiers and wounding four others, according to the Afghan officials .

Senior provincial authorities claimed the ensuing firefight also killed at least 20 assailants, though the Taliban disputed those claims.

On the other hand,  doctors and residents in western Farah province said an Afghan government air strike has killed at least nine civilians and injured several others.

The mainstream local TOLO news channel reported Sunday relatives took to the streets with bodies of the victims to protest and demand an immediate investigation into the deadly incident.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. Both the Taliban and militants linked to the Afghan branch of the Islamic State terrorist group have taken credit for previous attacks in Kabul.

The world body demanded Afghan authorities swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the Afghan war. The United Nations has documented around 2,600 Afghan civilian deaths in the first nine months of 2019 while more than 5,600 were injured.

Afghans are waiting to see what might happen next in negotiations between the Taliban and the  United States.

U.S. president Donald Trump in September ended year-long talks as Taliban violence continued, but on Friday he suggested to US broadcaster  that negotiations could be getting under way again.



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