At least 13 civilians were killed in two bomb attacks against a group of vehicles in the Afghan city of Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, in the south of the country in a new episode of violence in that city this Friday. That was the scene of several attacks last weekend.
The two detonations struck civilian vehicles carrying a group of people en route to a wedding in the city, the province’s governor Bahir Ahmadi confirmed. According to the Afghan network Tolo News, two other people were seriously injured.
Four police officers were killed last Sunday and two were injured precisely in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in that city, the army has confirmed.
This surge in violence is due to the Afghan government’s efforts to start direct peace talks with the Taliban. Last Thursday, the second largest representative of the Afghan government and official leader of the peace talks, Abdullah Abdullah, expressed his confidence that direct negotiations can begin next week.
However, the violence continues. According to a report by the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan, a total of 1,213 civilians were killed and 1,740 injured in the country in the first six months of this year, a much higher death toll from the same 2019 data (979 deaths).