On Sunday, a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed two people in Kandahar, Afghanistan, including the governor’s secretary. Local sources confirmed that the blast occurred in the governor’s compound’s parking lot. The blast occurred on Sunday afternoon in Kandahar city, sources told TOLO News, as Mansour Ahmad, the governor’s secretary, entered the parking area in his vehicle. “Mansour and a security guard were killed and another security guard was injured in the blast,” sources said.
However, according to TOLO News, no group, including the Taliban, has immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
Afghanistan is experiencing an increase in violence as the Taliban’s offensive against civilians and Afghan defence and security forces intensifies. This comes amid a withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country.
At least three civilians and 24 Taliban terrorists were killed earlier this month in two eastern Afghan provinces as fighting in the war-torn country intensified.
Nine terrorists were killed and 17 others wounded in Laghman province on Saturday night after the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) targeted their position in the Alishing district.
Three civilians were killed and 30 others injured Saturday afternoon during fierce clashes between Taliban and security forces in Omarzai, a village near Mehtarlam, Laghman’s capital, according to Abdul Maruf, the director of the provincial hospital.
Due to the Taliban’s control of several districts throughout the country, US intelligence assessments indicate that the country’s civilian government could fall to the terror group within months of US forces withdrawing.
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