TOLOnews.com RSS Feed http://tolonews.com/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:21:03 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Daesh Military Leader Killed in Nangarhar Operation http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26433-daesh-military-leader-killed-in-nangarhar-operation

Saeed Emarati, Daesh's military leader for eastern Nangarhar province, was killed in a military operation on Monday, local officials said.

The operation took place in Kot district of the province after insurgents clashed with special forces, a spokesman for the provincial governor Attaullah Khoghyani said.

He said that Emarati was recently appointed as the group's military leader in Kot.

However, he did not provide details on the clash.

After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive planned for this week against Daesh - an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers, according to AP.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault against fighters loyal to Daesh, who over the past year captured positions along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, mainly in Nangarhar province.

That goal to uproot Daesh from Afghanistan has taken on new urgency in the wake of Saturday's deadly suicide bombing at a protest march in Kabul that killed at least 80 people.

In an acknowledgment of the deteriorating security situation, President Barack Obama last month gave a green light to a more assertive role for U.S troops, though still short of direct combat.

In a further acknowledgement of the deteriorating security situation, Obama this month pledged to keep 8,400 troops in the country through 2017, delaying plans to reduce troop numbers to 5,500 by the end of this year.

There are currently some 9,800 U.S troops in the country.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:38:54 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26433-daesh-military-leader-killed-in-nangarhar-operation
Pakistani Military Delegation to Visit Kabul For Talks http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26432-pakistani-military-delegation-to-visit-kabul-for-talks Afghanistan Pakistan Flag

A Pakistani military delegation is set to visit Kabul on Tuesday for talks with Afghan officials, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni said.

He said officials from the Ministry of Defense of both countries will discuss common threats, the fight against insurgency and other issues.

The officials will also set a date for the next meeting between the two sides, he added.

This comes after President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with a Pakistani media outlet said that Afghanistan's biggest problem is the state-to-state relationship with Pakistan.

Asked whether he thought state-to-state relation problems with Pakistan was a bigger problem than that of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups, Ghani said: "Yes, absolutely. Those are threats. This is a fundamental solution (to those threats) because there are sanctuaries. Can anybody deny that there are Taliban offices in Quetta? You go and interview with them; if you want the addresses, I will give you all the addresses... Of course, I can give you the addresses. Our corps commander went and gave, and asked to take a ride corps commander of Quetta to give them the addresses. They are openly recruiting. They are financed. Their logistic and supplies, and sanctuary is against international rules."

In response to a question by Pakistan's Geo News reporter, he said: "A state-to-state relationship means an all-out attack; twice I was promised peace; before the spring of 2015, I was promised peace, a set of peace agreements. Instead, what did we gain? A vicious wholesale attack on us. In 2016, again, at the highest levels of the government of Pakistan, I was assured that within days, peace process was going to begin in earnest, and another series of attacks. And, in this environment, how do you expect us to behave with trust?"

"Trust needs to be established. We need to be assured that Pakistan is not going to give sanctuary to groups whose aim is (to) overthrow of a legitimate government. You cannot have it both ways. We tried that. I overcame years of distrust, years of discord; I came with an open mind and an open heart," he added.

Meanwhile Sartaj Aziz senior advisor for Pakistan's Prime Minister said that Islamabad will bring the Taliban to the tables of negotiations in the upcoming two or three weeks.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:49:10 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26432-pakistani-military-delegation-to-visit-kabul-for-talks
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President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with a Pakistani media outlet said that Afghanistan's biggest problem is the state-to-state relationship with Pakistan.

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Former National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta said on Tuesday that the findings of the fact-finding team commissioned to investigate the Dehmazang bombing must be made public and those who masterminded the attack must be brought to justice.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:59:19 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26431-tolonews-6pm-news-25-july-2016
We Should Fight For Our Rights: Blast Victim's Mother http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26430-we-should-fight-for-our-rights-blast-victims-mother PProfileStoryJuly25

Sima, the mother of a boy killed on Saturday in Kabul's deadly attack, said the nation needs to fight for their rights and justice in society.

Her son, Ahmad Sharif Dawlatshahi, who had a bachelor's degree in law, was doing his master's degree in economy.

Sima said her husband also lost his life while seeking justice and human rights and that her "son had followed his father's route".

Speaking about the incident that led to the arrest of her husband many years ago, she said: "Soldiers surrounded our house. I went to the door and my husband said that he would be back in three days. But he never came back."

Sima said that she also lost her son to the fight for freedom and justice.

"At that time when my husband was arrested, there was no one to seek justice when we were oppressed. No one likes to see violence and injustice on others," she added.

Ahmad Sharif, 37, was married and had two daughters.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:52:38 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26430-we-should-fight-for-our-rights-blast-victims-mother
Kabul's Brave Firefighters Who Clean Up After Deadly Attacks http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26429-kabuls-brave-firefighters-who-clean-up-after-deadly-attacks EtfayaStoryjly

For Kabul's fire department staff, work is no easy task – especially as part of their job is to clean up blast scenes in the city.

It is these brave and dedicated men who are faced with the grim reality of the immediate aftermath of any such incident.

Quick to respond, they are on the scene as soon as victims have been removed. They then clean up the scene - most times having to use their pressurized fire hoses to wash away the blood, following the likes of Saturday's deadly bombing.

It is these men who ensure as much evidence of such attacks is cleared away as quickly as possible.

Kabul firemen range in age, with some having been on the job for 30 years.

Speaking to TOLOnews they said that collectively they have hundreds of stories to tell – and countless memories that paint the horrors of violence that has wracked Afghanistan for so many years.

According to Abdul Azim Oryakhail, operational head of the general directorate of incidents: "I have seen those who shouted and who have fallen into blood. I will not forget those memories. I also saw a man in Dehmazang blast that was injured and was calling for help. He was screaming as his two brothers were martyred in the attack."

"I picked up a woman in an incident. Her head was separated from her body and she had a child in her arms," said Mohammad Shafiq, a medic at the department.

"After seeing so much blood and pieces of bodies, I could not eat once for one week and I was shocked for a long time," said Noor Agha, a member of the fire department.

This dedicated group of men are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and their greatest hope is for violence and insurgency to end in the country.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:37:06 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26429-kabuls-brave-firefighters-who-clean-up-after-deadly-attacks
Afghanistan’s Biggest Problem Is Af-Pak Relations: Ghani http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26428-afghanistans-biggest-problem-is-af-pak-relations-ghani- http://www.tolonews.com/TOLOnews_photo/afghanistan/Ghani_President__Afghanistan.jpg

President Ashraf Ghani in an interview with a Pakistani media outlet said that Afghanistan's biggest problem is the state-to-state relationship with Pakistan.

Asked whether he thought state-to-state relation problems with Pakistan was a bigger problem than that of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups, Ghani said: "Yes, absolutely. Those are threats. This is a fundamental solution (to those threats) because there are sanctuaries. Can anybody deny that there are Taliban offices in Quetta? You go and interview with them; if you want the addresses, I will give you all the addresses... Of course, I can give you the addresses. Our corps commander went and gave, and asked to take a ride corps commander of Quetta to give them the addresses. They are openly recruiting. They are financed. Their logistic and supplies, and sanctuary is against international rules."

In response to a question by Pakistan's Geo News reporter, he said: "A state-to-state relationship means an all-out attack; twice I was promised peace; before the spring of 2015, I was promised peace, a set of peace agreements. Instead, what did we gain? A vicious wholesale attack on us. In 2016, again, at the highest levels of the government of Pakistan, I was assured that within days, peace process was going to begin in earnest, and another series of attacks. And, in this environment, how do you expect us to behave with trust?"

"Trust needs to be established. We need to be assured that Pakistan is not going to give sanctuary to groups whose aim is (to) overthrow of a legitimate government. You cannot have it both ways. We tried that. I overcame years of distrust, years of discord; I came with an open mind and an open heart," he added.

This comes after Sartaj Aziz senior advisor for Pakistan's Prime Minister said that Islamabad will bring the Taliban to the tables of negotiations in the upcoming two or three weeks.

But in reply to a question by GEO news, about the steps that should be taken by Pakistan, Ghani said: "Step one, go after the declared terrorist groups. Clear. If you don't take action on them, we don't believe you. Step two, act on the quadrilateral process regarding reconcilables and irreconcilables so that peace can begin. Three; those who reject peace should be evicted from Pakistan."

Meanwhile, critics said they believe that overcoming the rifts between Afghanistan and Pakistan needs cooperation from both countries.

"The two countries should try to build a trust environment between them and this will provide the ground for further cooperation," said Fazlurrahman Fikrat, university lecturer.

"At first it was believed that the National Unity Government will ensure better ties with Pakistan, but activities of a number of circles inside government affected the Kabul-Islamabad relations and made it worse than it was before," said Abdul Shukoor Salangi, member of Afghanistan's Regional Studies Institute.

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USAID Pledges $100m For Afghan Agriculture http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26427-usaid-pledges-100m-for-afghan-agriculture USAIDforMe

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $100 million USD for agricultural development in Afghanistan.

Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said the aid package by USAID will be invested in different fields of agricultural development in the country.

“We will try to pay attention to farmers and build the ministry’s capacity,” the Agriculture Minister Assadullah Zamir said as he addressed a ceremony in Kabul on Monday.

“USAID will sign an agreement with an American university in a bid to conduct training programs. The university has world-class experience of capacity building and agricultural training,” Zamir added.

The aid package will be used to support the agricultural products market, enhance self-reliance plans for Afghanistan’s grains, and build the capacity of MAIL officials as well as other projects on standard cultivation in the country.

Meanwhile, USAID officials vowed to support the national strategy of Afghanistan for the upcoming years in the framework of agricultural development in the country.

“We know that agriculture is going to be the centerpiece for the unity government’s national development strategy,” said Herbie Smith, Mission Director at USAID.

According to MAIL officials, the fund will be spent through the national strategy under the new agricultural development framework.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:58:04 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26427-usaid-pledges-100m-for-afghan-agriculture
Findings of Probe Into Rally Attack Must Be Made Public: Spanta http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26426-findings-of-probe-into-rally-attack-must-be-made-public-spanta CommissionJuly25

Former National Security Advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta said on Monday that the findings of the fact-finding team commissioned to investigate the Dehmazang bombing must be made public and those who masterminded the attack must be brought to justice.

He said if this does not happen, the situation in Afghanistan will deteriorate and the culture of impunity will continue.

"Our demand is that the findings of the team should be made public and the perpetrators should be punished. This has not been practiced in a number of cases in the past and if it happens this time, it will indicate that the culture of impunity will continue in the country," he said.

"Security and stability will not be ensured in the country unless perpetrators are punished and the culture of impunity is stopped," he added.

Government has often assigned an investigative commission to probe incidents. However, the perpetrators are often not held accountable.

Former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh meanwhile said that President Ashraf Ghani should put his power into practice – the same power he has in his voice.

"One of the traits the incumbent president is famous for is that he has a powerful voice. I have never seen weakness in his tone; they need to bring power in their activities," he said.

According to reports, government has assigned a commission to probe the Kabul blast. The commission has 13 members.

"The members of the commission have been approved and they have started preliminary work. Government will take steps based on the findings of the team," said Ghani's spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri.

Ghani blasted the masterminds behind Saturday's deadly attack and vowed to avenge the death of those who died.

Deash claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 80 people and left over 200 wounded.

Meanwhile, former Kabul governor said he doubts the fact-finding team will be successful.

"I do not trust the commission. The only way to solve Afghanistan's problem is to establish a healthy, responsive and powerful administration," he said.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:19:55 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26426-findings-of-probe-into-rally-attack-must-be-made-public-spanta
TOLOnews 10pm News 24 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/26425-tolonews-10pm-news-24-july-2016 10pm-news-24-July-2016Top news in this Bulletin:

Countries from around the world expressed their sympathy and condolences on Sunday to the people of Afghanistan following the deadly bombing in Kabul Saturday which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.

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The National Unity Government should show no mercy where Daesh and Taliban are concerned and it should eliminate the insurgents based on the teachings of Islam, former Jihadi leader and member of the Council of Protection and Stability in Afghanistan Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf said in an interview with TOLOnews.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:19:52 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/26425-tolonews-10pm-news-24-july-2016
PURSO PAL: Afghan Women's Situation Discussed http://www.tolonews.com/en/purso-pal/26424-purso-pal-afghan-womens-situation-discussed pursopaltodayyy

In this episode of Purso Pal, host Haris Jamalzada discusses the situation of women in Afghanistan and the United Nations' plans and programs for Afghan women.

With him in the studio is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:43:54 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/purso-pal/26424-purso-pal-afghan-womens-situation-discussed
Migrants Protest At Serbia-Hungary Border http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26423-migrants-protest-at-serbia-hungary-border Serbia-Hungary Border Migrants

A group of migrants and asylum seekers who set off on a protest march toward Serbia's border with Hungary on Friday, continued their walk on Sunday after being unable to board a bus.

They vowed to keep on walking until they reach the border, where they said they want to ask European leaders why their borders have been closed to those fleeing war and poverty.

Some 300 mostly young men and boys from Afghanistan and Pakistan started marching Friday from the Serbian capital, Belgrade, toward the Hungarian border, 200 kms away.

Faced with scorching heat, many gave up along the way.

One Afghan migrant, Mohammad Amin, 19, said: "This is a little message for the big European Union leaders, I will go to the border and stay, I ask them 'please, why did you close the border?' and this is (we are) refugees not terrorists, and other refugees especially me tried three times to cross the border. Hungarian border police grabbed me and beat the refugees, dogs, spray and sticks, electric shocks and asked me to go back, go back (to) Serbia."

Andrius Slavuckis, a Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) logistics coordinator, said: "They arrived last night, early morning to Subotica. They slept somewhere in Palic, as far as I know and then from there, they started walking in the morning and we met them here around 12 o'clock . So, since then we are just looking at their condition, and seeing if anybody needs some medical support. Generally, they are in quite good shape."

Hungary recently strengthened anti-migrant controls on its southern border, admitting about 30 people a day, mostly families with small children, and pushing back those caught trying to cross illegally.

Hundreds of migrants are staying in makeshift camps along the border with almost no facilities.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:04:10 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26423-migrants-protest-at-serbia-hungary-border
Afghan Forces Prepare For Offensive On Militants http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26422-afghan-forces-prepare-for-offensive-on-militants US troops 25 July 2016

After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive next week against Daesh - an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers, AP reported.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault against fighters loyal to Daesh, who over the past year captured positions along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, mainly in Nangarhar province.

That goal to uproot Daesh from Afghanistan has taken on new urgency in the wake of Saturday's deadly suicide bombing at a protest march in Kabul that killed at least 80 people.

American forces that remained shifted to a supporting role and U.S airstrikes diminished, letting the Afghan military take the lead in carrying out the war.

In an acknowledgment of the deteriorating security situation, President Barack Obama last month gave a green light to a more assertive role for U.S troops, though still short of direct combat.

In a further acknowledgement of the deteriorating security situation, Obama this month pledged to keep 8,400 troops in the country through 2017, delaying plans to reduce troop numbers to 5,500 by the end of this year.

There are currently some 9,800 U.S troops in the country.

Afghanistan's government and military also received a boost at NATO's summit in Warsaw this month, when the alliance agreed to fund Afghan forces through 2020.

Meanwhile, Hayatullah Hayat, Helmand provincial governor said: "If the international forces help us with air support and share with us intelligence information, I am sure that we will have even greater achievements."

U.S Army Brigadier General Andrew Rohling, NATO commander for Helmand advisory forces said: "With President Obama's decision to keep American soldiers here longer, now we will be able to continue to stay with the 215th Corps (Lashkar Gah). But it's important to recognize how good the Afghan army has become in areas that coalition (forces) used to do for them."

Colonel Sayed Mohammad Naeem, from Helmand provincial police training centre meanwhile said: "If they (foreign forces) help our security forces on time, it is one hundred percent to the advantage of Afghanistan and it is not only for the goodness of Afghanistan, it is for the goodness of the world because we are facing international terrorism. They (terrorists) are not destroying Afghanistan but they can be a cause of destruction to the whole world."

One police trainee Ahmad Meeyakhail also appealed for more support. He said: "We ask the foreign forces to help us with air and ground support while we can still perform ground operations."

Another trainee, Naik Mohammad, said: "If we have the air support as we had it before a couple of years ago, our operations will be more successful."

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:52:20 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26422-afghan-forces-prepare-for-offensive-on-militants
UNAMA Reports Record Level Of Casualties In First Half Of Year http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26421-unama-reports-record-level-of-casualties-in-first-half-of-year Attack Kabul Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday released its report for the first three months of the year which shows a record number of civilian casualties since counting began in 2009.

The report shows 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children.

The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2016 has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.

Between January and June this year, UNAMA's Human Rights team documented 1,601 civilian deaths and 3,565 injured civilians.

According to UNAMA, this represents an increase of four percent in the total number of casualties compared to the first six months of 2015 – and is the highest half-year total since 2009.

This year's casualties include 1,509 children (388 dead and 1,121 injured) – a figure the UN Human Rights Chief described as "alarming and shameful," particularly as it represents the highest numbers of children killed or wounded in a six-month period since counting began in 2009, read a statement by the organization.

There were also 507 women casualties (130 killed and 377 injured). UNAMA states however, that these figures are conservative – almost certainly underestimates – given the strict methodology employed in their documentation and in determining the civilian status of those affected.

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA Tadamichi Yamamoto stressed that the report must serve as a call to action by parties to the conflict "to do all they can to spare civilians from the horrors of war."

"Every single casualty documented in this report – people killed while praying, working, studying, fetching water, recovering in hospitals – every civilian casualty represents a failure of commitment and should be a call to action for parties to the conflict to take meaningful, concrete steps to reduce civilians' suffering and increase protection," Yamamoto said.

"Platitudes not backed by meaningful action ring hollow over time. History and the collective memory of the Afghan people will judge leaders of all parties to this conflict by their actual conduct," he said.

"The testimony of victims and their families brings into agonizing focus the tragedy of each one of the 63,934 people killed or maimed by this protracted conflict since 2009," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

"The family that lost a breadwinner, forcing the children to leave school and struggle to make ends meet; the driver who lost his limbs, depriving him of his livelihood; the man who went to the bazaar to shop for his children only to return home to find them dead; the broken back and leg that has never been treated because the family cannot afford the cost of treatment; the parents who collected their son's remains in a plastic bag... In just the past six months, there have been at least 5,166 such stories – of which one-third involve the killing or maiming of children, which is particularly alarming and shameful," Al Hussein said.

"The violations laid bare in this report set in motion a cascade of potential human rights abuses that stretch from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean and beyond, as so many Afghans are driven to seek refuge abroad, taking enormous risks," Zeid added. "Parties to the conflict must cease the deliberate targeting of civilians and the use of heavy weaponry in civilian-populated areas. There must be an end to the prevailing impunity enjoyed by those responsible for civilian casualties – no matter who they are."

UNAMA said that while anti-government elements remain responsible for the majority – 60 percent – of civilian casualties, there was an increase in the number of civilians killed and injured by pro-government forces between January and June this year.

During this period, UNAMA documented 1,180 civilian casualties attributable to pro-government forces, which is 23 percent of the total so far this year, but a 47 percent increase compared to the same period last year, primarily as a result of ground engagements.

Ground engagements continue to cause the highest number of civilian casualties, followed by complex and suicide attacks and improved explosive devices (IEDs).

Explosive remnants of war disproportionately impacted children who comprised 85 percent of the casualties caused by such devices.

During the period covered by the report, 157,987 Afghans were newly displaced – a 10 percent increase over the same period last year. This brings the estimated total number of conflict-induced internally displaced Afghans to 1.2 million.

The report also documents other serious human rights violations and abuses, including the deliberate targeting of women in the public sphere, use of children in armed conflict, sexual violence against boys and girls, attacks on educational and health facilities, abductions and summary executions.

Human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and judges have also been targeted, in some cases being labeled by the Taliban as "military targets".

In one suicide attack against the media, on 20 January, seven Tolo TV staff members were among eight civilians killed and 30 injured.

The report also notes the results of an investigation into the bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in October last year, stressing that there remains a need for "a fully independent, impartial, transparent and effective investigation" with a view to assessing possible criminal liability.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:17:50 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26421-unama-reports-record-level-of-casualties-in-first-half-of-year
11 Injured In Suicide Bombing In Germany http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26420-11-injured-in-suicide-bombing-in-germany Germany-police-25-July-2016

A Syrian migrant set off an explosion at a bar in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others late Sunday, authorities said, the third attack to hit Bavaria in a week.

The 27-year-old, who had spent a stint in a psychiatric facility, had intended to target a music festival in the city of Ansbach but was turned away because he did not have a ticket.

"Unfortunately, this is a terrible new attack which will surely increase people's anxiety," regional interior minister Joachim Herrmann said, adding that investigators "have not ruled out" he had an Islamist motive.

Hermann said he was worried "the right to asylum would be undermined" by the events of the past week, which has seen attacks on a train and shopping mall in the southern German state.

Sunday's explosion happened just outside a bar in Ansbach city centre, not far from where more than 2,000 people had gathered for the concert, at around 10:00 pm local time.

Police have blocked off the area and emergency services were at the scene. Bomb experts were also sent to determine the cause of the blast.

Ansbach deputy police chief Roman Fertinger said there were "indications" pieces of metal had been added to the explosive device.

The perpetrator was killed in the explosion, police said in a statement, and a spokeswoman said 12 people were wounded, three of them seriously.

Herrmann said the attacker, who came to Germany two years ago but had his asylum claim rejected after a year, had tried to kill himself twice in the past and had spent time in a psychiatric clinic.

Europe has been on edge for months after a string of deadly attacks claimed by Daesh, including bombings in Brussels and carnage at Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice.

In Bavaria, which has been a gateway for thousands of Syrian refugees, nine died in a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday and several people were wounded in an axe attack on a train near Wuerzburg.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:11:45 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26420-11-injured-in-suicide-bombing-in-germany
Teenage Friend Of Munich Gunman Arrested http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26419-teenage-friend-of-munich-gunman-arrested Munich victims

German police said on Sunday they had arrested a 16-year-old Afghan friend of the gunman who killed nine people in a rampage at a shopping center in Munich.

"We suspect that this boy aged 16 years could have been aware of the act," police said in a statement following Friday's shooting spree after which the 18-year-old German-Iranian attacker, David Ali Sonboly, killed himself.

The arrest is the first in the investigation.

The teenager "handed himself in to police shortly after the killing spree and had been questioned on his relationship with the perpetrator," the statement added.

But officers had "uncovered contradictions in his statements" and he was now being held in custody for withholding information about a crime.

Police also said that the young Afghan may have posted on Facebook after the killings a similar message to the one the killer posted in an attempt to lure victims.

The suspected posting related to "a meeting in a cinema complex near to Munich central station", police added.

After Friday's killings, it emerged that Sonboly set up a fake Facebook account in May, stealing the profile of a real user and sending out invitations to lure people to a McDonald's restaurant.

There was no evidence, however, that any of the people who had interacted with Sonboly via the fake account had responded to the invitation in which he offered meals and drinks.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:34:47 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26419-teenage-friend-of-munich-gunman-arrested
Haqqani Commander Killed in Khost Clash http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26418-haqqani-commander-killed-in-khost-clash ANP North Afghanistan

Karnail, a Haqqani network commander, was killed in a clash with security forces in eastern Khost province on Sunday, local officials said.

The clash took place in Sapera district of the province after security forces opened fire on the insurgents, Provincial Police Chief Faizullah Ghairat said.

Ghairat said Karnail was a resident of Dowa Manda of Khost and he was involved in insurgency activities.

"Two other members of Haqqani were injured and another was arrested during the clash," he added.

However, he did not provide further details.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:46:18 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26418-haqqani-commander-killed-in-khost-clash
FARAKHABAR: Kabul’s Deadly Bombing Discussed With Former NDS Chief http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/26416-farakhabar-kabuls-deadly-bombing-discussed-with-former-nds-chief FARAKHABAR

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Fawad Aman discusses the deadly suicide bombing that targeted a mass demonstration in Kabul on Saturday.

With him in the studio is Amrullah Saleh, former chief of the National Directorate of Security.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:24:22 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/fara-khabar/26416-farakhabar-kabuls-deadly-bombing-discussed-with-former-nds-chief
TOLOnews 6pm News 24 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26415-tolonews-6pm-news-24-july-2016- zaki-24Top news in this Bulletin:

Countries from around the world expressed their sympathy and condolences on Sunday to the people of Afghanistan following the deadly bombing in Kabul Saturday which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.

To watch the whole news bulletin, click here:

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 The National Unity Government should show no mercy where Daesh and Taliban are concerned and it should eliminate the insurgents based on the teachings of Islam, former Jihadi leader and member of the Council of Protection and Stability in Afghanistan Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf said in an interview with TOLOnews.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:51:01 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/video/26415-tolonews-6pm-news-24-july-2016-
Sayyaf Asks Govt To Show No Mercy Against Daesh, Taliban http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26414-sayyaf-asks-govt-to-show-no-mercy-against-daesh-taliban isis-24

The National Unity Government should show no mercy where Daesh and Taliban are concerned and it should eliminate the insurgents based on the teachings of Islam, former Jihadi leader and member of the Council of Protection and Stability in Afghanistan Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf said in an interview with TOLOnews.

Sayyaf said Daesh's acts paint a grim picture of Islam to the world and that their attack in Kabul on Saturday went beyond a crime.

He said government should take the threats by insurgents loyal to Daesh seriously.

"They [Daesh] have been professionalized in crime and oppression. They [Daesh rebels] enjoy seeing pieces of bodies on streets," he added.

Sayyaf said: "Preventing a crime should not be ignored, the order of God and his Messenger needs to be applied in this matter."

In response to a question about what he thought the motive behind such attacks was, Sayyaf said: "Those who have created these groups want to paint a black picture of Islam to the world while these acts are forbidden in Islam."

Meanwhile, the public has demanded that serious measures must be taken to end the fragile situation in the country and that Afghanistan's security and stability need to be strengthened.

"We do not want bread or water, we only want security from government," said Sher Zaman, a schoolteacher.

Political analysts said they believe that an organized attack by Daesh in the capital shows that the group can pose a serious threat to Afghanistan and that government should roll up its sleeves to overcome the issue.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:35:00 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26414-sayyaf-asks-govt-to-show-no-mercy-against-daesh-taliban
Baghlan, Balkh, Herat Activists, Clerics Condemn Kabul Bombing http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26413-baghlan-balkh-herat-activists-clerics-condemn-kabul-bombing reactions-24

Religious scholars, activists and residents of Baghlan, Balkh and the western zone provinces on Sunday condemned the Daesh attack that targeted a mass demonstration in Kabul, calling it an act against humanity.

Residents of the western provinces gathered in Herat and donated blood to pay respect to the victims of Saturday's deadly bombing. They urged the public to unite against terrorists.

"By conducting the recent attack, the enemies of Afghanistan showed that they pay no respect to humanity; therefore, we should be alert and we should not take any steps that puts people's lives in danger," said Herat governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi.

The Afghan flag was also lowered to half-mast in Herat city and other districts of the province and residents held prayer ceremonies for the victims.

Balkh civil society activists, provincial council members and residents also held a ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif city where they urged government to recognize and punish the perpetrators of the attack.

They warned that if government remains reluctant to find the perpetrators, people will lose trust in it and the gap between the public and the state will widen.

They also said that protesting is the civil right of every Afghan and they slammed the bombing.

Meanwhile, Baghlan activists, clerics and residents said the attack was against the teachings of Islam and that government should take revenge.

They said such attempts will not divide Afghans as they have remained united so far.

Baghlan residents also donated blood to pay tribute to the Kabul attack victims.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:24:46 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26413-baghlan-balkh-herat-activists-clerics-condemn-kabul-bombing
Kabul Attack Victims Laid to Rest At Kabul Hill http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26412-kabul-attack-victims-laid-to-rest-at-kabul-hill funerals-24

Members of The Enlightening Movement and a number of businessmen have taken the initiative to help pay for the burial of protestors killed in Saturday's suicide attack.

The majority of those killed in the attack were from economically disadvantaged communities and their families not able to afford the burial costs.

The victims were buried at the foot of Qorokh Mountain in western Kabul city.

"I urge the people to come together and combat against injustice with a united voice," said Shoaib, brother of one of the victims.

"Protesting is the civil right of every citizen. Our countrymen went to the streets to seek justice. This is their right," said Ahmad Zia, family member of one of the victims.

Ten-year-old Shoaiob was one of the protestors who lost his father in the attack. He is still suffering from shock and hardly speaks.

Several families were left devastated by the attack.

"The enemy cannot separate this nation. Our nation is wise and they know the plots of the enemy," said Mohammad Ishaq, a family member of one victim.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:21:08 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26412-kabul-attack-victims-laid-to-rest-at-kabul-hill
CCTV Footage Captures Deadly Kabul Blast http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26411-cctv-footage-captures-deadly-kabul-blast nds-24-16

CCTV footage in TOLOnews' possession shows the moment one of two suicide bombers detonated his suicide vest inside a crowd of demonstrators at Dehmazang Circle in Kabul on Saturday.

The footage shows protestors being blown out of a truck and to the ground.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the explosive material used in the blast was RDX and that only governments have access to such material.

The NDS added that the security forces managed to gun down one of the suicide bombers before he was able to detonate his suicide vest.

According to the NDS, the second attacker was carrying nearly seven kilograms of explosives and six kilograms of ball-bearings.

Additional footage from the NDS shows bomb-disposal experts defusing the vest.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:13:22 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26411-cctv-footage-captures-deadly-kabul-blast
Aftermath of Kabul Blast: Residents Shocked By Blast Scene http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26410-aftermath-of-kabul-blast-residents-shocked-by-blast-scene dehmazang-24

A day after the deadly attack at Dehmazang Circle in Kabul, fear is still almost tangible in the area.

The Enlightenment Movement supporters left the area at midnight on Saturday following their day-long demonstration and declared the blast site as "Enlightenment Martyrs Circle".

However, traces of Saturday's deadly blast was still evident as blood on the street was clearly visible.

"Everyone who came here and saw the scene was upset and shocked about the deadly incident," said Mohammad Azam, a shopkeeper in Dehmazang area.

Owners of shops and restaurants near the area were also seen cleaning up as the explosion blew out windows and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings.

According to some Enlightenment Movement members, a number of people had been eating lunch at nearby restaurants when the explosion occurred. They said they immediately left their food and fled the area.

"They were eating lunch. They were members of the Enlightenment Movement and other people as well. The blasts happened and two of our workers were wounded," said Sayed Abbas Hussaini, one restaurant owner.

The slogans written on roads by Saturday's mass demonstration are still seen in the area.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:09:50 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26410-aftermath-of-kabul-blast-residents-shocked-by-blast-scene
World Leaders Condemn Attack On Rally As Nation Mourns http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26409-world-leaders-condemn-attack-on-rally-as-nation-mourns international-reaction-24

Countries from around the world expressed their sympathy and condolences on Sunday to the people of Afghanistan following the deadly bombing in Kabul Saturday which claimed the lives of at least 80 people.

In separate messages, world leaders offered their heartfelt condolences to the nation and called the attack on peaceful demonstrators an attack on democracy and freedom of speech.

Russian and U.S officials said they stand alongside the people of Afghanistan at this time of sorrow and are determined to help the country in its fight against terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to President Ashraf Ghani after the Kabul suicide attack on Saturday and said that Russia is ready to fight terror with Afghanistan.

"The head of the Russian state strongly condemned this cynical crime committed against peaceful citizens and reiterated readiness to continue the most active cooperation with the authorities and people of Afghanistan in fighting all forms of terrorism," Russian media quoted a Kremlin statement as saying.

The United Nations Assisted Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also condemned the attack against a peaceful demonstration.

In a statement issued by the organization, it said the two explosions that occurred at Dehmazang Circle in Kabul city "targeted a peaceful demonstration, causing horrendous levels of civilian harm."

"This attack is particularly heinous because it targeted civilians as they exercised their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression," the statement read.

"An attack deliberately targeting a large, concentrated group of civilians amounts to a war crime. This incident is an outrage that cannot be justified. It is an attempt to spread terror amongst civilians and stifle the freedoms that Afghans have sacrificed so much to obtain. The United Nations stands firmly with the people of Afghanistan as they seek to exercise their fundamental human rights," said UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto.

The United States Embassy in Kabul also spoke out against the attack.

In a statement issued by them, the embassy said it condemns "in the strongest terms the cowardly bombing attack that has claimed scores of innocent lives in Kabul during a peaceful demonstration in which citizens were exercising their constitutional rights."

Amnesty International (AI) has also condemned the attack as an act of terrorism. The organization in a statement said that the attack in-fact demonstrates terrorists' disrespect to the lives of the people.

Amnesty International further said that the attack clarifies that the level of threats in Afghanistan remained high and it dismissed the ideas of those who say that everything was alright in the country .

The organization said: "The horrific attack on a group of peaceful protestors in Kabul today demonstrates the utter disregard that armed groups have for human life."

The organization's director for South Asia, Champa Patel said: "Such attacks are a reminder that the conflict in Afghanistan is not winding down, as some believe, but escalating, with consequences for the human rights situation in the country that should alarm us all."

"I reiterate that international humanitarian law prohibits the deliberate targeting of civilians and international human rights law requires the government and non-state actors to respect and protect the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. The perpetrators of today's attack must be held accountable."

Resolute Support also strongly condemned the attack.

"Our condolences go out to those who are affected by today's attack," said Resolute Support Commander Gen. John W. Nicholson.

"We strongly condemn the actions of Afghanistan's enemies of peace and remain firmly committed to supporting our Afghan partners and the National Unity Government."

The Resolute Support commander also praised Afghan law enforcement officials and medical personnel whose efforts prevented additional casualties.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has also condemned the attack. He said that the attack targeted those who protested for their humanitarian rights.

"I reiterate that international humanitarian law prohibits the deliberate targeting of civilians and international human rights law requires the government and non-state actors to respect and protect the rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. The perpetrators of today's attack must be held accountable."

The powerful UN Security Council also issued a statement, condemning "in the strongest terms" the "heinous and cowardly" terror attack on Saturday.

Two explosions occurred at Dehmazang Circle targeting a peaceful demonstration.

"The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Daesh)," and illegal and armed groups, the statement said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday "strongly" condemned the "dastardly terror attack" in Afghanistan.

"I strongly condemn the dastardly terror attack on innocent civilians in Kabul. Sincerely condole loss of lives and injuries in senseless violence," Modi tweeted.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also condemned the attack and called on the Islamic world to jointly fight terrorism particularly Daesh.

Daesh claimed responsibility on social media for the attack. The message posted in English and in Arabic said "two Daesh fighters detonated their explosive belts amid a Shiite gathering in the Dehmazang area in Kabul, Afghanistan."

According to the official the attack was organized by a Daesh member by the name of Abu Ali who is a resident of Achin district in Nangarhar.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:05:13 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26409-world-leaders-condemn-attack-on-rally-as-nation-mourns
Security 'Lapse' By Police Draws Fire from Protestors http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26408-security-lapse-by-police-draws-fire-from-protestors police-23

Criticism mounted Sunday over what protestors claimed was a lapse in security by police immediately after Saturday's deadly suicide bombing in Kabul city.

Two Daesh suicide bombers detonated explosives as they stood among hundreds of demonstrators at a peaceful rally at Dehmazang Circle.

At least 80 people were killed and over 200 wounded.

On Sunday, a number of wounded protestors who survived Saturday' blast expressed outrage over what they said was unprofessional and immoral conduct by Kabul police after the explosion.

They said that instead of helping the wounded and transporting them to hospital, police vehicles were seen driving away from the scene – leaving the wounded behind.

"Four armored vehicles left the scene including several police rangers which were stationed near the Oil Station," one wounded protestor Amin Mohammad said.

"I saw the police vehicles, but they were not helping protestors," said another wounded protestor.

The allegations have drawn a strong reaction from the public – both in the country and abroad. A number of MPs and critics accused the police force of committing a security failure.

"The security forces are responsible for the incident, but why did the people not cooperate with them, why did the people not listen to the warning," said military analyst Atiqullah Amarkhail.

"They are always in a deep sleep, such incidents always happen, but the security forces are still in a deep sleep," said senator Hashim Alokozai.

Amid the outcry over the perceived security lapse, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has admitted to a weakness by police regarding the security of demonstrators but said the ministry had warned the protestors about the threats.

"We tried our best, if the third attacker was not gunned down by the security forces, casualties would have been more than this; but we confirm that there are some gaps and weaknesses which provided the opportunity to the enemy to exploit it," said MoI deputy spokesman Najib Danish.

"We walked the route recommended to us by the police," said Assadullah Radman, one of the protest organizers.

Saturday's suicide bombing was one of the deadliest against civilian targets in Afghanistan in the past 15 years.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:56:30 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26408-security-lapse-by-police-draws-fire-from-protestors
10 Blast Victims Still In Critical Condition http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26407-10-blast-victims-still-in-critical-condition injuriesNabilaJuly24

About 10 victims of Saturday's deadly bomb blast were on Sunday still in a critical condition, doctors said adding that others were recovering.

Those in critical condition are being treated at the Kabul Emergency Hospital.

Ibn-e-Sina Hospital received 56 casualties on Saturday but by Sunday afternoon, 46 of them had been discharged.

Mohammad Agha, one of the wounded who is being treated at the Ibn-e-Sina Hospital, said he had seen two suicide bombers.

"A suicide bomber was on my left. He had a different face than that of the other faces. At first I was worried about what this man was doing there. He had on a hat. Suddenly I noticed that he wanted to blow himself up among the protestors. I wanted to shout and inform others but it was too late and there was a boom," he said.

"I was sitting on a (street) corner when I heard the sound and I passed out and fell to the ground. When I came around I searched for my brother, but then I saw that police vehicles were taking them to hospital," said Hamid, a university student.

According to figures released by Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Hospital, 15 wounded and 13 bodies arrived at the hospital on Saturday. Eight people have been discharged, with seven still being treated at the hospital.

Some of the injured said they were bread winners for their families and that they are in dire need of help.

"I was selling water [for the demonstrators]. I had earned Afs10 when the blasts occurred. I am the bread winner for my family and I need help. I call on government leaders to pay serious attention to the country's security," said Baryalai, a vendor.

"The poor people are sacrificed in this country. No one asks about them. They are the main victims of suicide attacks," said Din Mohammad, a fruit seller.

The suicide bombings at the rally left over 80 dead and more than 200 wounded.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:13:54 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26407-10-blast-victims-still-in-critical-condition
Ghani Attends Prayer Ceremony For Blast Victims http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26406-ghani-attends-prayer-ceremony-for-blast-victims Ghani-24-July-2016

President Ashraf Ghani and other high-ranking officials attended a prayer session on Sunday, at the presidential palace, in honor of the victims of Saturday's deadly bombing.

At least 80 people were killed and over 200 wounded when two Daesh suicide bombers detonated explosives inside a crowd that had gathered to protest against government's planned route of the 500kV power line project through Salang to Kabul.

Demonstrators were calling for government to reroute the line through Bamiyan to Kabul.

Among those who attended the prayer session including Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, First Deputy to CEO Mohammad Khan, Second Deputy to CEO Mohammad Mohaqiq, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs Faiz Mohammad Osmani, Head of

Afghanistan's Ulema Council Qayamuddin Kashaf Afghan and Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar, among others.

Also at the ceremony were a number of MPs, government officials and Ulema Council members.

Earlier in the day Ghani ordered the name of Dehmazang Circle to be changed to Martyrs Square in honor of all those killed.

Dehmazang Circle was the scene of Saturday's horrific suicide bombing which took place during a peaceful rally in the city.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:00:29 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26406-ghani-attends-prayer-ceremony-for-blast-victims
TOLOnews 10pm News 23 July 2016 http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/26405-tolonews-10pm-news-23-july-2016 10pm-news-24-July-2016Top news in this Bulletin:

A high-ranking Afghan security official has confirmed that Daesh was behind the deadly Kabul attack that claimed over 60 lives and wounded more than 200 on Saturday.

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Kabul hospitals on Saturday afternoon appealed to the public for blood following the deadly twin-suicide bombing in Kabul earlier in the day.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:07:41 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/10pm-news-bulletin/26405-tolonews-10pm-news-23-july-2016
Ghani Renames Blast Site Martyrs Square http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26404-ghani-renames-blast-site-martyrs-square Kabul Dehmazang 24 July 2016

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday, which was declared a national day of mourning, announced that Dehmazang Circle, the scene of Saturday's tragic incident, would be renamed Martyrs Square.

He ordered Kabul Municipality to take immediate action in terms of renaming the square.

In a statement, Ghani said "in tribute to the martyrs killed in the Daesh attack the Demazang Circle will be renamed Martyrs Square so that our future generation should know that the citizens of the country achieved democracy at a high price."

The usually congested circle was relatively quiet on Sunday with on a few cars on the road. Nearby shop owners could be seen cleaning up the area after the twin blasts caused substantial damage to nearby buildings.

Meanwhile, in a press release issued Saturday afternoon, Ghani said "the holding of protests is the right of every citizen of Afghanistan and the government puts all efforts to provide security for protestors but terrorists entered (the) protest and carried out explosions that martyred and wounded a number of citizens including member of security and defense forces."

He said: "Dear compatriots, I promise you that I'll avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators of this crime wherever they are."

At least 81 people were killed and over 200 wounded after two Daesh suicide bombers detonated their explosives at a mass rally in Kabul on Saturday.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:13:38 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26404-ghani-renames-blast-site-martyrs-square
Ulema Council Condemns Rally Bombing http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26403-ulema-council-condemns-rally-bombing Kabul-attack-23-July-2016

Afghanistan's Ulema Council has condemned Saturday's deadly suicide bombing at a protest rally in Kabul that claimed the lives of 81 people.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Ulema Council said that "terrorists don't know any borders, ethnicity or religion and frequently act against humans and Islam."

The Ulema Council called on the authorities to do everything possible to help the victims of Saturday's attack – which also wounded more than 200 people.

The incident happened after thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Dehmazang Circle in the capital to protest against government's planned routing of the 500kV power line project.

The Council also asked government and leaders of the Enlightenment Movement to resolve their issues as soon as possible.

On Saturday, Daesh suicide bombers targeted demonstrators - the first of its kind at a peaceful demonstration in the country. The suicide bombers joined thousands of Afghans before detonating their explosives in a crowded spot at Dehmazang Circle.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that he had ordered the security organization to "avenge the blood" of those killed in Saturday's attack.

Speaking at a National Security Council (NSC) meeting, Ghani on Saturday condemned the attack and ordered security forces to provide security at the funerals of the victims.

The NSC also decided that the flag should fly at half-mast across the country on Sunday – which had been declared a national day of mourning. Afghan embassies around the world also flew their flags at half-mast.

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:16:45 GMT http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26403-ulema-council-condemns-rally-bombing