KABUL: At the western entrance gate of the Afghan capital, a suicide car bomb detonated on Friday, killing at least three government security forces and injuring four others an Afghan official said.
Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the blast hit a checkpoint for government forces near the entrance. No one assumed blame immediately, though suspicion fell on the Taliban immediately.
Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the government’s peace talks, urged the Taliban on Friday to reach an agreement and pursue a diplomatic solution to the continuing conflict. We’ve given means, but the Taliban don’t try to find an understanding.
Taliban militants targeted a government security checkpoint in northern Kunduz province on Thursday, killing five soldiers and injuring two others, said Esmatullah Muradi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
The Ministry of Defence says that 10 Taliban militants were killed in the battle.
Taliban threatened reporter killed in car bomb
Human Rights Watch said the Taliban had targeted an Afghan reporter who was killed in a car bomb attack this week for reporting their attacks.
Aliyas Dayee, a 33-year-old Radio Liberty reporter, was killed on Thursday when a sticky bomb attached to his car exploded in the southern town of Lashkar Gah, the scene of heavy fighting in recent months.
The group has also harassed scores of other journalists, the US-based rights group said in a statement late on Thursday.
Despite ongoing peace talks between the government and the Taliban, targeted killings of public figures, including journalists, clergy, lawmakers and rights activists, have become more frequent in recent months as violence surges in Afghanistan.
To date, no party has claimed the murder of Dayee.
But Dayee told HRW recently that he had received threats of murder,
It said, warning him to stop his reports on military activities by the Taliban.
The Taliban searched his home, interrogated him about his movements, and asked local citizens to report on his actions,” HRW told reporters who knew Dayee, the statement added.”
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Dayee had contacted a colleague the night before he was killed, claiming he thought his life was in danger. The province of Helmand, a Taliban stronghold where Lashkar Gah is situated, has seen intense fighting between rebels and government forces in recent weeks.
“Dayee was “explicitly” cautioned not to inform on the activities of the Taliban in the province or that the organisation was “violating the deal” it signed with Washington in February, which paved the way for the withdrawal from Afghanistan of American forces, HRW said.