Several Taliban fighters are said to have died in an explosion in Afghanistan – it was probably triggered by a self-made bomb. The spokesman for the terrorist group disagrees.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, 30 Taliban fighters were said to have been killed by their own bombs in an accident while building a bomb. The explosive device was unintentionally detonated in a mosque in the Daulat Abad district, the ministry said on Saturday. Six of the victims are foreigners. Daulat Abad is located in the northern province of Balkh, northwest of Mazar-i-Sharif.
The Taliban only confirmed that there was an explosion. It took place in an empty room and there were no victims, said Taliban spokesman Sabiullah Mujahid. It was not initially possible to determine independently which version was correct.
Explosives as standard weapons
Car bombs and explosives dumped on the wayside are among the standard weapons used by the militant Islamist Taliban in the fight against the government in Kabul. The re are also attacks with automatic weapons and small missiles. Despite ongoing peace negotiations between the West-backed government and the Taliban, the violence is not subsiding. The Sunni terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) also regularly carries out attacks. According to UN figures, 380,000 people fled their homes from the fighting and attacks last year alone.
On Saturday a provincial council in Kunar reported that five police officers had been killed in an attack there. According to the Interior Ministry, twelve police officers were injured in the southern province of Kandahar when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a checkpoint.