News ID: 280551
Published: 0702 GMT February 10, 2021

Iran condemns deadly blasts in Afghanistan

Iran condemns deadly blasts in Afghanistan

Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned blasts that hit the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing a police chief and his bodyguard.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh slammed today's explosions that have also caused casualties among Afghan civilians, and condoled with their bereaved families, IRNA reported.

Khatibzadeh urged all groups that are interested in Afghanistan's destiny and future to prevent spread of violence in that country and do not let the ordinary people become victims of similar planned violence.

According to local officials, several explosions targeted Kabul police killing the city’s District 5 police Chief Mohammadzai Kochi and his bodyguard. Five people were reportedly wounded by the explosions.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts on Wednesday, which were all caused by so-called sticky bombs, explosive devices attached to vehicles that are remotely detonated or set off by timers, reported.

On Tuesday, a planted bomb blast killed four guards of Herat-Khaf railway and wounded two others near Rosenak railway station in the city of Ghurian in Afghanistan, Governor of Herat province Abdul Wahid Qatali said, Mehr News Agency wrote.

The 220-km Herat-Khaf railroad connects the city of Khaf in Iran’s northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi to Herat in the west of Afghanistan. It was inaugurated in December 2020 during a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani.

The project provides landlocked Afghanistan with access to free waters and the European market through Iran’s rail network that connects it to Bandar Abbas and Chabahar Port.

Iran strongly supports the realization of peace and stability in neighboring Afghanistan, which has been embroiled in decades of militancy fueled by foreign military intervention.

Tehran hosted a high-ranking Taliban delegation in late January to discuss the Afghan peace process and relevant topics. The delegation was led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s top political leader, Press TV reported.

The intra-Afghan talks started after the United States agreed to withdraw12,000 US troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban’s halting of their attacks on international forces under a deal between the two sides in February 2020.

The deal was intended to result in the reduction of bloodshed, but violence continues to take a heavy toll in the country.

Resource: IRNA
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