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85 killed in violence on Afghanistan’s presidential election day – UN

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  A special report released by the UN  on Tuesday said 85 civilians were killed in election-related violence on the polling day in Afghanistan’s presidential election held last month.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in the report that some 373 others were injured in the incidents.

UNAMA said the killings and injuries mainly came from the Taliban’s deliberate campaign of violence and intimidation to disrupt Afghanistan’s presidential election.

A third of the civilian casualties were children, according to the report.

“Widespread or systematic attacks against civilian populations may constitute crimes against humanity,’’said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s presidential election was held on Sept. 28 under tight security, but voter turnout was reported to be the lowest since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

According to the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), 85 per cent of the voter turnout data, consisting of 1.7 million biometrically verified votes, has been entered into the main database.

Preliminary results are scheduled to be announced on Oct 19.

The IEC on Monday said that it had tasked its secretariat to evaluate whether the agency would be able to announce the preliminary results based on the scheduled timeline. (NAN)

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Edited by Halima Sheji/Ejike Obeta

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World Environment Day marked in Afghanistan

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People ride bicycles during a cycling event to mark World Environment Day in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan, June 5, 2020. (Photo by Azimi/Xinhua)

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Live COVID-19 updates: Afghanistan reports 915 new cases

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The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KABUL — Afghanistan on Friday reported 915 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total to 18,969, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said.

Within the past 24 hours, 1,570 tests were conducted, and 915 were positive cases, the ministry said in a statement.

Up to 309 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in February, an increase of nine within the past 24 hours.

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YANGON — A total of 663 hotels, about one-third of the hotels in Myanmar, reopened across regions and states so far after temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official from the Hotels and Tourism Ministry told Xinhua late Thursday.

“There are 2,053 hotels operating in the country and one-third of them have reopened after getting health and safety inspection passes by the authorities concerned as of May 29,” said Deputy Director General U Aung Aye Han of the ministry.

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BISHKEK — Kyrgyzstan on Friday added 37 COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 1,936.

Among the newly confirmed, 17 were imported cases, 12 are citizens under medical observation and eight are of unknown sources, the country’s Deputy Health Minister Nurbolot Usenbaev said at his daily briefing.

He also reported two new virus-related deaths, raising the death toll to 22.

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BEIJING — Chinese health authority said Friday that no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland Thursday.

Five imported cases, including four in Shanghai and one in Sichuan Province, were reported on the mainland, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

No deaths related to the disease or new suspected cases were reported, according to the commission.

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CAIRO — Iran on Thursday witnessed a record daily rise in COVID-19 cases amid the continuing resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The total number of COVID-19 cases surged to 164,270 in Iran with 3,574 new ones reported. The death toll in Iran, the highest in the Middle East, climbed to 8,071 after 59 more deaths were reported.

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10 drug traffickers arrested in Afghanistan

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The Afghan National Police (ANP) arrested 10 drug traffickers and confiscated big amount of drugs following separate anti-drug operations on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior said Friday.

“Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA), which is part of ANP, arrested three people in Qalat city, capital of southern Zabul province. The arrestees had hidden around 10 tons of henbane inside a trailer truck and tried to transfer the drugs to neighboring Kandahar province,” the ministry said in a statement.

In eastern Nangarhar province, five individuals who have placed 20 kg opium and 8.5 kg heroin in two vehicles were arrested in Bati Kot district and provincial capital Jalalabad city.

The smugglers planned to traffic the drugs to Kandahar, according to the ministry.

In eastern Panjshir province, the CNPA police conducted a special operation and arrested one person for transferring of 25 kg hashish to the national capital Kabul.

After initial investigations, the CNPA handed over the cases to the Counter Narcotics Justice Centre of Afghanistan (CNJC) that has a special court for jurisdiction of major drug cases, the statement added.

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16 militants killed in predawn airstrike in W. Afghanistan

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Sixteen Taliban militants were killed and five others wounded after Afghan Air Force conducted an airstrike in the western Farah province before dawn, provincial police spokesman confirmed.

“The targeted militants tried to storm security checkpoints before being targeted in Dehak village, on outskirts of provincial capital Farah city at early hours of Friday. The intelligence report provided by the local military authorities found security forces or civilian did not harmed in the sortie,” spokesman Muhibullah Muhib told Xinhua.

A Taliban divisional commander named Raz Mohammad was among the killed, according to the police official.

The desert province has been the scene of heavy clashes for long years. The Afghan security forces had repelled massive Taliban attacks two times and the militants failed to overrun Farah city during the past three years.

The Taliban militants have not responded to the report so far.

Violence still lingered in the war-torn country after a peace deal was signed between the United States and Taliban in Qatar late in February, which paved the way for a phased U.S. force withdrawal.

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Afghanistan reports 915 new COVID-19 cases

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Afghanistan on Friday reported 915 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the country’s total to 18,969, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said.

Within the past 24 hours, 1,570 tests were conducted, and 915 were positive cases, the ministry said in a statement.

Up to 309 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in February, an increase of nine within the past 24 hours.

Out of total infected people, 1,763 have recovered, including 178 who showed improvement and were discharged from hospitals since early Thursday.

The Afghan health authorities have conducted 45,139 tests as of Friday morning across the country.

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Roadside bomb blast kills 9 civilians in southern Afghanistan

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Nine Afghan civilians were killed and five others wounded after their vehicle touched off a Taliban roadside bomb in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, local police said.

“The incident occurred in Khoshak locality of Arghistan district at mid-day. The injured were shifted to a district hospital,” Jamal Barakzai, provincial police spokesman, told Xinhua.

He blamed Taliban militants for planting the improvised explosive device (IED) on the dusty road in the province, 450 km south of the country’s capital, Kabul.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 3,400 civilians were killed and over 6,900 others injured in conflict-related incidents in 2019, according to the figures released by the UN mission in the country.

Out of the total casualties, more than 880 civilians were killed and over 3,450 others wounded in suicide and non-suicide IED explosions in 2019.

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Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians, wounds 4 in Afghanistan’s Sari Pul province

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Three civilians were killed and four others injured as a roadside bomb struck a car in the northern Sari Pul province on Tuesday, police spokesman in the province Noor Agha Faizy said.

According to the official, a mine planted by the armed insurgents on a road in Shiramha area outside provincial capital, the Sari Pul city struck a car, killing three civilians and injuring four others including three women.

Without providing more details, the official blamed the enemies of peace, a reference to the Taliban militants for organizing the roadside bombing, but armed outfit, which is active in parts of Sari Pul province has yet to claim responsibility.

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Afghanistan’s COVID-19 positive cases rise to 16,509

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Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry registered 759 COVID-19 positive cases over the past 24 hours, totaling the number of patients to 16,509 in the country, a spokesman for the ministry Tawhid Shakohmand said Tuesday.

According to the official, 266 positive cases have been confirmed in the capital city Kabul, 212 cases in Herat and the remaining 281 cases have been confirmed in other parts of the militancy-battered Afghanistan.

Shakohmand also said that five patients had died over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 270 since the eruption of the disease in February, while 22 patients have recovered over the period, totaling the number of recovered one to 1,450 since February.

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1st Ld, Writethru: Roadside bomb kills 7 laborers, wounds 6 others in N. Afghanistan

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Seven laborers were killed and six others sustained injury as a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in the northern Kunduz province on Monday night, a local official Hayatullah Amiri said Tuesday.

“A total of 13 laborers were going from one place to another place in a Taliban-held area in Khan Abad district late Monday night but their vehicle ran over a mine leaving seven dead and injuring six others,” governor for Khan Abad district Hayatullah Amiri told Xinhua.

According to Amiri, the Taliban-planted mines on streets and roads in villages often claim the lives of civilians.

Taliban militants who are operational in parts of Kunduz province including the restive Khan Abad district have yet to make a comment.

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