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‘Talibanising’: Backlash forces Afghan authorities to overturn ban on girls singing in public

After facing a public backlash Afghan education officials overturned the ban on women singing in public. Schoolgirl choirs are a regular feature of official Afghan events, but when education authorities in the capital Kabul banned the participation of girls over the age of 12 and this prompted an immediate backlash. The order raised fears that […]

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Afghanistan: Three women working for TV station shot dead

Three women working for a TV station in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city were shot dead. The women, reportedly between 18-20 were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks. A fourth was critically hurt. Police say they arrested the lead gunman, linking him to the Taliban. The group deny any involvement. A wave of killings has rocked […]

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‘Accidental’ explosion by Taliban kills 15 children, injures 20 in Afghanistan

An explosion killed at least 15 children and wounded another 20 in the east Afghan province of Ghazni, officials said. The reason for the explosion in the Gilan district is unclear with officials saying a bomb went off in the back of a rickshaw. But local residents suggest a piece of unexploded ordnance blew up […]

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8 dead, 31 wounded after rockets HIT residential areas in Kabul

At least eight people were killed and 31 others wounded after several rockets hit residential areas in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, police said. The explosions comes two days before a major donor conference for Afghanistan in Geneva. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said at least eight civilians had been killed […]

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Car bomb attached to Afghan central bank public relations adviser explodes, killing him

A former television presenter has been killed in a blast in Afghanistan that officials have blamed on militants linked to the Taliban. Yama Siawash was an anchor on the private TV channel Tolo News and had recently started work at the country’s central bank. He and two others were killed when a bomb attached to […]

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19 dead, dozens wounded after gunmen storm Kabul University campus in Afghanistan

Gunmen attack Kabul University’s campus on Monday, killing at least 19 people and engaging in a gunfight with security forces. The attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital, a witness said. “They were shooting at every student they saw,” Fathullah Moradi told Reuters, saying he had managed […]

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12 dead in airstrike on school in northern Afghan province of Takhar

At least 12 civilians were killed in an air strike on a religious school in the northern Afghan province of Takhar. They said the strike on the madrassa in the village of Hazara Qurluq killed 11 children and their prayer leader. Doctors at a hospital close to the site of the air strike in the […]

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Taliban kill 28 Afghan policemen after they refuse to surrender

The Taliban launched a wave of attacks on security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan overnight, killing a total of 28 Afghan policemen, officials said. Zelgai Ebadi, a spokesman for the Uruzgan governor, said Taliban fighters offered 28 local and national police officials a chance to go home if they surrendered on Tuesday night, “but after taking […]

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At least 137 killed in clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces

At least 57 Afghan security forces were killed and dozens injured in overnight clashes on Sunday with Taliban fighters across Afghanistan in the bloodiest day of fighting since the government and the armed group began peace talks in Qatar about a week ago. The clashes were in the central province of Uruzgan, where 24 members […]

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Afghanistan: Assassination attempt on only woman negotiator could undermine peace process

Fawzia Koofi, the only woman taking part in negotiations with the Taliban escaped a shooting attack “without serious injury”. The attack was a “cowardly and criminal” attempt to disrupt the Afghan peace process, the US envoy has said. Ms Koofi was shot in the right arm while travelling with her sister. Ms Koofi, an outspoken […]

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Afghanistan to free 400 Taliban terrorists, paving the way for peace

Afghanistan to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace amid the two decades of war. The nations grand assembly called Loya Jirga approved the release, a controversial condition raised by the Taliban militants to join peace talks. “In order to remove an obstacle, allow the start of the peace process and an […]

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Deadly prison attack by Islamic State group kills at least 29 in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

At least 29 people were killed in a high-profile attack on a central prison in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad which saw more than 1,000 prisoners try to flee. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, it began on Sunday evening when car bombs were detonated at the prison’s entrance by gunmen. […]