Photo courtesy TOLO News.
14 people including President candidate Abdul Latif Pedram were injured during multiple blasts in Kabul on Thursday. According to TOLO News, an official from the Ministry of Public Health said that at least 14 people were wounded in Kabul gathering attack. Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, former NSA Haneef Atmar, former Vice president Yunus Qanuni, Acting Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani, 2nd Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq and other officials were at the ceremony. Hundreds of people were attending the Kabul meeting to mark the 24th death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e-Wahdat party. Mazari was killed by the Taliban after he was taken prisoner by them in 1995.
On Wednesday, 16 people were killed in Jalalabad. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor in eastern Nangarhar province, had said that along with the 16 killed, nine other people were wounded when the militants launched a suicide bombing and stormed a construction company near the airport outside Jalalabad, the provincial capital.
He said the attack started around 5 a.m. and lasted until 10:30 a.m. Khogyani had said that there were five attackers, two of whom detonated their suicide vests while three others were shot and killed by the security forces.
Meanwhile, China's defence ministry is defending military cooperation with Tajikistan following a report of a sizeable Chinese troop presence at a base in the Central Asian state. Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told reporters at a monthly briefing that cooperation between the two was "in line with" international law and related resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council. However, Ren says there is no Chinese presence in the adjacent Wakhan Corridor belonging to Afghanistan.
China had apparently sought to keep its Tajikistan base manned by members of the paramilitary People's Armed Police a secret. However, the Washington Post in February reported on the sizeable Chinese military complex first-hand, although it remains unclear what the troops' mission is and Ren provided no details.