By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said on Saturday night that ISIS Afghanistan (IS-K) and the Taliban share the same “ideological gene” and that the “rotten ideology” needs to be rooted out.
Reacting to the deadly bombing earlier Saturday evening in a suburb of Kabul, VP Saleh tweeted: “The suicide attack at a private learning center in West of Kabul killed 11 and maimed many young hopefuls. The rotten ideology of quest for false heaven has to be rooted out. Taliban & IS-K share the same ideological gene. They are together at tactical level now.
VP Saleh was one of many who condemned the incident and questioned the high levels of violence despite ongoing peace talks in Doha.
Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan also vehemently condemned the brutal and terrorist attacks in various parts of the country that claimed scores of innocent lives and injured many others including children and women.
“Saturday evening’s terrorist attack that targeted a training center in district 13 of Kabul, a roadside bomb in Rawza area of Ghazni province that took 9 innocent lives, attack on Kamal Khan hydropower dam as well as recent terrorist attacks in Helmand, Ghor and Nimruz provinces have caused casualties and damages to the public facilities. The government of Afghanistan stresses that such acts of terror run counter to the Islamic values and principles of humanity,” the presidential press office statement added.
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan underscores that while the Consultative Peace Jirga decided and approved the release of 6,100 Taliban prisoners, and in spite of the frequent calls by the Afghan government and people and the international community on the Taliban to end the war and bloodshed and agree to a ceasefire; the Taliban still continue to escalate violence and protract their illegitimate war, the statement added.
Meanwhile, Patricia Gossman, Associate Asia director for Human Rights Watch, posted on Twitter and said: “Yet another senseless, cruel attack in Kabul. Civilians going about ordinary activities—walking down the street, sitting in lessons, or getting care in a hospital—continue to suffer sudden and terrifying violence. Why are their stories not told in the peace talks?”
Dr., Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, also condemned the attack and labeled it a “terrorist attack” that was “against Islamic and human values.”
EU special representative for Afghanistan Roland Kobia also slammed the high levels of violence and said: “This and other recent attacks on provincial capitals illustrate the so-called ‘Reduction in Violence’. Enough. There must be full unity of the international community, + massive pressure for an immediate ceasefire asked by all Afghans.”
Saturday’s incident happened when a suicide bomber tried to enter an education center but was prevented from doing so by the guards. He then detonated his explosives in a narrow alley. According to local people and health officials, at least 30 people were killed and over 70 were wounded outside the educational center on Saturday evening.
In 2018 dozens of students were killed in an explosion at another education center and in May this year, 24 people including mothers, babies and expectant mothers were killed when gunmen attacked a maternity ward at a hospital in the area.
Taliban and IS militants have been blamed for carrying such attacks in the country.