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UNSC strongly condemned the attack on the UN compound in Afghanistan
The United States Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemned in the strongest terms the unfortunate attack against the UN compound in Herat, Afghanistan. Several Afghan security forces guard dead and civilians were injured in the incident. The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern about the high level of violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s military offensive and called for an immediate reduction of violence.
What happened recently?
Two explosions occurred in recent days.
The first one occurred near the residence of the acting Defence Minister of Afghanistan, Bismillah Mohammad in Kabul. The blast was happened in downtown Kabul at around 8 p.m. which came amid heavy clashes between Afghanistan forces and the Taliban in several Afghan cities. The attack was not immediately claimed by any terrorist organisation. Afghan forces battled the Taliban in Lashkar Gah when the fighting was intensified in the city in southern Helmand province and the frontline was in District 1 where the US conducted an airstrike the previous morning.
The second one was a loud blast followed by rapid gunfire that shocked Kabul yesterday (i.e.3 Aug). This loud blast has occurred in less than two hours after a similar explosion went off in the Afghan capital (the first one). In this second blast, many small explosions were seen in a central part of the city, not far from the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses several foreign embassies, including the United States Mission.
Why did it happen?
Over the last few weeks, the Taliban have captured several districts in Afghanistan including Takhar, the country’s north-eastern province. According to the Long War Journal, the Taliban has controlled 223 districts while the government holding only 68 districts control.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have also condemned the ongoing attack by the Taliban. Both leaders have emphasised the need to accelerate peace negotiations and achieve a political settlement that is inclusive.