Bomb blasts kill civilians in Afghanistan

At least three civilians, including two children, were killed on Tuesday in two separate bomb blasts in Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

“The wounded children were taken to hospital and now they are in stable condition,” Yaqoubi said.

In a separate incident, one civilian was killed and 10 people were wounded, including three policemen, in a double bombing in Kandahar city, capital of the synonymous province.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either bombing.

Separately, the Afghan military on Tuesday regained control of a district in northern Kunduz province that fell to Taliban fighters earlier this month as part of their so-called spring offensive, security officials said.

The army’s advance came after Afghan forces launched a major operation against Taliban positions to retake the Qala-e-Zal district.

“The governor’s building, Police headquarters and several key areas are cleared of terrorists, but the operation is still ongoing in other insecure areas of the district,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

Speaking to the AFP news agency, Assadullah Sadat, a member of the Kunduz provincial council, said: “Around 2,000 families have been displaced with most relocating in Kunduz city. Some have fled to other nearby districts.”

The Taliban had taken full control of the district on May 6.

The group’s so-called spring offensive normally marks the start of the fighting season, though this winter the Taliban continued to battle government forces.

An attack on a military base in the nearby city of Mazar-i-Sharif last month killed at least 135 security forces.

Kunduz is among the most violence-wrecked provinces in northern Afghanistan.

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Although the city centre itself is in government hands, the Taliban control most of the surrounding districts.

Security forces have been struggling to open the main highway into the city after it was blocked with mines and improvised roadside bombs.

Thousands of residents are reported to have fled their homes to avoid the fighting.

According to US estimates, the Afghan government controls only about 60 per cent of the country, with the rest under Taliban control or contested by armed groups.


SOURCE: News agencies

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