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Afghanistan not to allow proxy war on its soil: Prez

Afghanistan not to allow proxy war on its soil: Prez
“We will not allow any country to conduct its proxy war in Afghanistan,” Xinhua news agency quoted President Ghani as saying in his speech at the graduation ceremony of more than 500 officers at a military academy here.

The Afghan government was committed to the ongoing peace process and would spare no efforts to achieve lasting peace in the country through political means, the president said.

Ghani, since assuming office last September, has been striving hard to bring the Taliban outfit to the negotiation table and find a political solution to the country’s lingering crisis.

However, the Taliban are yet to announce their readiness for face-to-face talks with the Afghan administration.

Expressing confidence about the ability and professionalism of the Afghan national security forces, Ghani said that the country’s security forces were capable enough to defend Afghanistan’s freedom and its security independently. A total of 549 officers on Wednesday graduated from Marshal Fahim Military Academy, a prestigious military training centre in Afghanistan built with US and British support in 2005.

Seven killed, 41 injured in Afghan truck bomb

A Taliban truck bomb targeting senior provincial officials on Wednesday killed at least seven civilians and wounded around 40 in southern Afghanistan, where the military has been battling insurgents since last month, officials said.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives-rigged truck near a complex that houses the governor, the head of the provincial council and the deputy provincial police chief in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, a senior local official said. All three survived, but “seven civilian were killed and 41 were wounded in the attack”, Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar told AFP.

“The attack was targeted at a gathering of senior government officials, civil society members and journalists in a hall for a seminar on human trafficking and kidnapping,” he added.

The wounded, including provincial government spokesman Omar Zhwak, were taken to hospital.
A senior police officer, who declined to be named, confirmed the attack and casualties, adding that buildings in the complex were also damaged. The interior ministry also confirmed the attack in a statement.

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