At least nine civilians died this Thursday as a result of a bomb explosion when their vehicle drove by in the Afghan province of Helmand in the south of the central Asian country, the authorities confirmed.
Provincial government spokesman Omar Zuak has indicated that two children led to the event without any right to be held responsible for the attack at the moment, according to the Afghan television broadcaster Ariana.
Zuak also stressed that all of the deceased were members of the same family, adding that all of them were internally displaced and went to the city of Lashkargá, capital of Helmand province.
Security sources cited in this way have raised the deaths to eleven, indicating that there are several minors among those killed while they have blamed the Taliban as responsible for the event.
The explosion took place in the Bushran area, the site of clashes between security forces and the Taliban in recent days, as part of a new wave of fighting after the three-day ceasefire was decided last week to mark the end of Ramadan.
In this context, after several days of siege, the insurgents took control of the Daulat Sah district in Laghman (east) province early one day after several days of siege, according to the governor of that province, Rahmatulá Yarmal.
Sources cited by Ariana indicate that security forces managed to hold off the Taliban attacks for about a week, although they surrendered after receiving no support or supplies during that time. The insurgents have confirmed that they control the district.
The increase in fighting despite the peace talks between the government and the Taliban that began in September 2020 in the Qatari capital Doha has led to an increase in civilian casualties and more than 100,000 displaced persons from January 1.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on Sunday that a total of 101,493 people fled their homes between January 1 and May 3, before 60 percent of them became minors.
Sources cited by the Afghan television broadcaster Tolo TV said on Monday that, given the stagnation in the process, the insurgents had agreed to the option of resuming talks with the government delegation in Doha while they were ready to attend the future Istanbul summit.
The Turkish government announced on April 21 a second postponement of the peace conference on Afghanistan in the city of Istanbul, this time until after the month of Ramadan, as the Taliban refused to attend.
The summit, originally scheduled for April 16, was postponed to April 24 shortly before that date after the Taliban declared they were unable to attend. It should take place before May 1, the date set in the peace agreement between the United States and the insurgents for the end of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
However, US President Joe Biden announced in April that the end of the withdrawal would be complete on September 11th, 20 years after the September 11th attacks, as Washington had doubts about the Taliban’s commitment to the peace deal and criticism from the Insurgents was provoked.