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At least fifteen dead and 66 injured in a Taliban attack with a truck bomb in southern Afghanistan

September 19, 2019

At least fifteen people have died and more than 60 have been injured as a result of an attack carried out by the Taliban with a truck bomb in the province of Zabul, in southern Afghanistan, according to local news agency Jaama.

The attack occurred at 6.00 am when a Taliban militiaman blew up a truck loaded with explosives near a headquarters of the National Security Directorate (DNS, the Afghan Intelligence agency) in Qalat, capital of Zabul province.

In a statement, the Afghan Interior Ministry has said that the attack has killed thirteen civilians and two police officers and has injured 66 other people. Local government sources have placed the balance in at least twelve civilians killed and dozens injured.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed that their objective was the DNS headquarters.

Afghanistan is experiencing a situation of instability due to the attacks launched by the Taliban and, since 2015, by the actions of militants of the Islamic State terrorist group despite the strong military presence of the United States and its allies.

So far, the Taliban have conditioned the peace process in Afghanistan to the withdrawal of foreign troops and have insisted on agreeing with the United States the timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, refusing to dialogue with the Afghan government.