Afghanistan on verge of socio-economic collapse: Borrell
Afghanistan is facing a breakdown of its economic and social systems that risks turning into a humanitarian catastrophe, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday.
Avoiding the worst-case scenario would require the Taliban to comply with conditions that would enable more international assistance, Josep Borrell wrote in a blog post, according to Reuters.
"Afghanistan is experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis and a socio-economic collapse is looming, which would be dangerous for Afghans, the region and international security," Borrell wrote.
Blast kills at least two civilians near Kabul mosque
An explosion outside a mosque in the Afghan capital killed at least two people on Sunday, senior Taliban officials said.
The blast struck near the entrance of the large Eid Gah Mosque in Kabul, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter, adding that "a number of civilians" died, according to AFP.
A spokesman from the Interior Ministry, Qari Sayed Khosti said: "Our initial information shows two civilians were killed and three wounded in the blast."
Taliban rally outside Kabul as they consolidate rule
More than 1,500 Taliban supporters attended a rally on Sunday in a vast field to the north of Kabul, in a show of strength as they consolidate their rule of Afghanistan, AFP reported.
The crowd, exclusively men and boys, heard speeches by leading Taliban officials and commanders at Kohdaman township in the hilly outskirts of the capital.
The rally was the first of its kind in the capital since the group seized control of the country seven weeks ago following a lightning offensive.
Taliban order halt to weapons trade
A Taliban-run defence authority in Afghanistan imposed a temporary ban on weapons trade, local media reported on Sunday.
The executive order was attributed to the Ministry of National Defense, Sputnik news agency reported.
The order called for the suspension of all sales and purchases of weapons, ammunition and undocumented vehicles until further notice.
Qatar flight with more than 230 evacuees leaves Kabul
A fifth chartered flight carrying civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since US forces withdrew in August left Kabul on Sunday with 235 passengers, most of them Afghan citizens, a senior Qatari government official said.
Citizens from several other states were also on the flight, the official said, without identifying them. The passengers are scheduled to be housed in a compound in Qatar that is hosting evacuees from Afghanistan until departing to their final destinations, The Times of India reported.
"The State of Qatar will continue this work with international partners on efforts that ensure freedom of movement in Afghanistan, while also remaining focused on providing humanitarian aid to the country," the official said.