A helicopter crash in a single day has taken the lives of a minimum of 9 Afghan army personnel in a central province, the protection ministry mentioned Thursday.
In an announcement, it mentioned that 4 crew members of the MI-17 helicopter together with 5 safety personnel had been killed within the crash, within the Behsud district of Maidan Wradak province. It gave no additional element besides to say that investigations had been ongoing.
Individually Thursday, a bombing killed 4 state workers commuting in a minibus within the capital Kabul, police mentioned. Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, mentioned a girl was among the many lifeless and 9 different individuals had been wounded within the assault within the metropolis’s north.
Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the Kabul assault, however authorities workers have been focused earlier than. On Monday, one other bombing on a minibus carrying state staff in Kabul killed three ladies and a 3-year-old little one, and wounded 13 others, based on safety officers.
Afghanistan is experiencing a nationwide spike in bombings, focused killings and different violence as peace negotiations in Qatar between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan authorities stall.
The Islamic State group’s native affiliate has claimed accountability for among the violence, however many assaults go unclaimed, with the Afghan authorities placing the blame on the Taliban. The insurgents have denied accountability for many of the assaults.
The assault in Kabul comes on the identical day Russia hosts the primary of three worldwide conferences aimed toward jump-starting the peace course of, forward of a Could 1 deadline for the ultimate withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from the nation.
The Moscow convention is seen as a vital first step towards peace. Key gamers are attending, together with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, Afghan nationwide safety adviser Hamdullah Mohib and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who will lead a 10-member delegation. Representatives of Pakistan, Iran, India and China are additionally taking part.