Taliban claimed responsibility for bombing in Ghazni province

Taliban claim responsibility for Ghazni attack that killed 15

The attack killed at least seven Afghan intelligence officers and injured dozens

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the fatal attack on an Afghan intelligence post on Monday, amid calls for the new Afghan government to speed up prisoner swaps to pave the way for negotiations.

At least seven intelligence officers have been killed in a car bomb blast in Ghazni province in the east of the country, a spokesman for the governor of Wahidullah Jumazada told AFP..

“The terrorists used an all-terrain vehicle to attack. The target of the attack was a unit of the National Security Directorate in the city of Ghazni, ”he said, noting that 40 people were injured..

Interior Minister in Kabul and health officials in Ghazni also confirmed car bombing.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that the attack was carried out by the movement.

The blast came a day after President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a new power-sharing agreement that ended months of feud..

The deal overcomes one of the obstacles to negotiations with the Taliban, which warned on Monday that dialogue cannot begin until the staged prisoner swap is complete..

“What is happening in Kabul is just a repeat of past bad experiences,” Taliban spokesman Suheil Shaheen wrote in a tweet that was the group’s first reaction to the Ghani-Abdullah agreement..

“The Afghan parties must focus on a genuine and sincere solution to this problem. The process of releasing prisoners must be completed and inter-Afghan negotiations must begin, “he added..

Last week, President Ashraf Ghani ordered security forces to become “offensive” against militants after two attacks that killed dozens.

Daytime raid on hospital in Kabul killed at least 24 people, including mothers and babies.

The attack sparked international outrage, but was followed by a suicide bomber explosion at a funeral that killed at least 32 people..

Taliban claimed responsibility for bombing in Ghazni province

The Taliban denied involvement in these attacks, but Ghani blamed the group and the Islamic State.

Following Ghani’s order, Taliban warned they would expand attacks on Afghan security forces.

Afghanistan has seen an increase in militant attacks after the Taliban signed an agreement with the United States to pave the way for talks between the government and the militants..

The United States, which wants to end its longest war with its involvement, has expressed hope that these negotiations can now be set in motion following a political breakthrough in government..

New power-sharing agreement provides for Abdullah to lead the peace process and appoint half of the new cabinet members.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “a political settlement to end the conflict remains a priority for the US,” his spokeswoman said..

Taliban claimed responsibility for bombing in Ghazni province