Only one day after the announcement by Afghan President Ghani of releasing three senior Taliban, a car bomb detonated in Kabul. Seven people die, others are injured.
By Bernd Musch-Borowska, ARD Studio New Delhi
A heavy explosion shook the region around the Ministry of Interior in Kabul in the early morning. In the Qasaba district, on the road to the airport, a suicide bomber in his vehicle apparently blew himself up. According to media reports, a convoy of government cars was probably the target of the attack.
Among the victims were mainly civilians. "I was sitting in my bakery when the bomb exploded, the pressure completely knocked me down," says Tajuddin, an eyewitness. "When I came back up, the whole area was covered in scree and dust and there were shards everywhere, I saw two dead children."
Taliban release announced
Yesterday, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani announced the release of three captured Taliban fighters, including members of the so-called Hakkani network, which was responsible for numerous serious attacks, including the attack on the German Embassy in Kabul in May 2017.
In return, two university professors abducted nearly three years ago are to be released, a US citizen and an Australian. In order to pave the way for peace negotiations, Ghani said, "We have worked with our international partners, especially the US, to ensure that the release of these three prisoners does not make our enemies stronger and intensify their attacks. "
1200 civilians killed in three months
In Afghanistan there are always kidnappings and attacks. According to a UN report published in October, nearly 1,200 civilians were killed between July and September of this year, more than 3,100 were injured. The Afghan government is under great pressure to ensure peace. So far, the Taliban refuse to negotiate with President Ghani and other government officials.
Yunus Usmani, a passer-by on the streets of the Afghan capital, told a news agency AP reporter, "This attack is the consequence of the release of Anas Haqqani and other terrorists, I do not understand why the government is so afraid of the Taliban, who should not waste so much money on the peace process, but buy more weapons and ammunition so they can expel these barbarians from Afghanistan. "
Negotiations only at truce
In September, US President Donald Trump declared the months-long talks with the Taliban dead. At the end of October, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad launched another exploratory talks in the region. The Taliban have repeatedly expressed their willingness to resume negotiations. The Afghan government initially demands a ceasefire.