Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Afghan president visits Ghazni after Taliban raid

Afghan president visits Ghazni after Taliban raid

The attack was blamed on the ISIS terror group.

Last Friday, hundreds of Taliban fighters had launched an attack on Ghazni, the capital of the Ghazni province, leading to five days of clashes between the rebels and the security forces that killed almost 500 people, including 326 Taliban fighters, and over one hundred members of the security forces. The Taliban is a nationalist Islamist group unlike the IS, whose ideology calls for a caliphate that binds Muslims worldwide.

The Afghan Army prioritized transporting captured ISIS fighters to Kabul over re-supplying one of its bases in the northern Faryab province that the Taliban had been besieging for weeks, according to a New York Times report.

Mattis also said the Taliban is trying to "up the ante" ahead of an expected cease-fire offer from the Afghan government and elections scheduled for October.

The attack on the training facility was the latest incident in a blood-soaked week that saw militants deliver crippling blows to government forces across Afghanistan. The combat in the city of Ghazni confined for 5 days and more than 100 policemen were killed by the Taliban intruders.

Authorities launched an investigation to determine how the bomber had managed to sneak into the compound in the area, which has its own guards.

Survivors on Thursday struggled to come to terms with the bombing.

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The average age of the victims and survivors of the attack - about 18 years. Sima was in the front row of the classroom in the single-room building where the explosion occurred.

President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the suicide attack and said the terrorists by attacking cultural and educational centers once again demonstrated their enmity with Islam and teachings of the holy Prophet (PBUH).

The assault on Ghazni exposed the fragile grip Ghani's Western-backed government has on security and its apparent inability to prevent large-scale attacks.

It is a view shared by US commanders in Afghanistan, who said that Islamic State, while based in Nangarhar, had sought to extend its influence in other parts of Afghanistan by hitting soft targets like schools and mosques.

Mohammad Asim, Chief the Kabul Ambulance says 17 other people were wounded in the bombing on Wednesday that targeted a training class in a private building in the Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-i Barcha.

Faisal said Pakistan was fencing its border with Afghanistan with the objective of restricting cross-border movement of both "men and material" as part of its counter-terrorism efforts.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, four policemen were killed and four were seriously wounded late Wednesday when they tried to defuse a vehicle bomb they found in southern Kandahar province, according to Zia Durrani, provincial police spokesman.

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