Taliban Shoots Dead 3 Hazara Civilians In Samangan
Officials in Samangan province said that Taliban fighters have shot killed three Hazara civilians in the Dar-e-Suf district of the province.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_ Governor Mohammad Dawoodd Kalakani told Subhe Kabul daily that the three were working on a poultry farm in Dara-e-Suf and were shot dead by the Taliban in the Chahar Toot area of the district on Tuesday night. He added that the Taliban had also stepped up their attacks to seize security checkpoints in the district, which had met with resistance from security forces.
According to him, one security guard was killed and two others were wounded during the clashes, and Taliban fighters suffered heavy casualties.
On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied the shooting of civilians by Taliban fighters; however, it was reported that two security checkpoints fell and two security forces were killed in the attack of the group in the district in Samangan province.
On the other hand, in an interview with CNN, the chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) expressed his appreciation for the Taliban. Noor Wali Mehsud said Afghan Taliban’s victory is a victory for all Muslims. The relationship between TTP and the Afghan Taliban is based on sympathy, brotherhood, and Islamic principles.
Also, Pakistan National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf and the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, reached the US capital on Tuesday for talks with their American counterparts on Afghanistan and other issues of bilateral interests. In Washington, the visit is seen in the backdrop of renewed US efforts to formulate a regional response to the Afghan crisis aimed at preventing a Taliban takeover in Kabul.
Meanwhile, in other news, by a decree, the Government of Tajikistan instructed the country’s ambassador to Kazakhstan to sign an agreement on the provision by ’s_Government of -and-technical_assistance in ensuring security in Tajikistan’s districts bordering Afghanistan. The draft agreement notes that the military-and-technical assistance is provided to Tajikistan in a form of gratuitous transfer of military property.
“The names and volumes of military equipment are coordinated by the authorized bodies of the Sides through diplomatic channels within a two-month period after the signing of this agreement,” the draft agreement says. The assistance received reportedly must be used solely for the purpose of ensuring security along the Tajik-Afghan border.
This comes even as Russia is ready to provide its ally Tajikistan with any assistance needed amid a worsening conflict in neighboring Afghanistan, the TASS news agency cited Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu as saying on Wednesday. Shoigu said the additional supply of Russian arms to Tajikistan had already been arranged and that Russia was continuing to train Tajik military personnel, against the backdrop of a US-led troop withdrawal after a 20-year intervention.