Two Terrorist Attacks Kill at least 39 in Afghanistan
In one attack, terrorists shot up a hospital in Kabul, killing “newborn babies, new mothers, and health care workers.” The second attack took place in Nangarhar, where a suicide bomber “attacked the funeral of a local police commander”.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani blamed the Taliban for the attack, although the Taliban have denied responsibility. Afghanistan President Ghani called on the Taliban “to embrace peace”, emphasizing to do so “is not only a demand of the government but the nation and international community.”
Earlier this year, the U.S. and Taliban signed a peace agreement in which the Taliban promised a “massive reduction in violence” and to “[work] with the Afghan Government” towards peace. With fulfilled promises, the U.S. would then begin to withdrawal troops from the region.
However, since then the Taliban has engaged in attacks, which the United States has retaliated against with targeted drone strikes.
Now, Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor says today’s attacks prove the Taliban “did not intend to pursue peace”, and need to be held “accountable”.