Nearly a dozen civilians and military personnel were killed and as many were wounded in Taliban attacks and other security incidents in the country in the last 24 hours.
In the Southern Kandahar province, at least four civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Shah Wali Kot district on Thursday evening, the provincial police spokesman Jamal Nasir Barikzai said.
Also in Mir Bacha Kot district north of Kabul, unknown armed assassinated a former jihadi commander Sultan Mohammad Qand and his security guard and wounded another one.
“He was socially respected man and was playing key role in resolving disputes among the people,” said Haji Qaher, a relative of the victim.
“The incident happened between two police check posts,” said Nisaruddin Baryalai, a relative of Qand.
Meanwhile, at least six security members were killed and eight more wounded in separate attacks by Taliban in Faryab, Balkh and Badghis provinces.
“Two soldiers were martyred in Garziwan. The enemy also suffered two deaths and three injuries. We also had two cases of injuries in Khawja Sabzposh after a tank hit a roadside bomb blast,” said Naqibullah Fayeq, the governor of Faryab.
“The Taliban will not win until they transform themselves from the war situation to the political situation,” said Zia Yaftali, a member of Afghan parliament.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense has said that the Taliban are not willing for peace.
“The Taliban has no will for peace and reduction in violence. They attack the security forces and the people of Afghanistan on a daily basis, but they also have suffered as a result of their attacks,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesman for Ministry of Defense.
According to The New York Times, nearly 4,000 Afghan security forces members have been killed and hundreds more were wounded in the battle with the Taliban after the US-Taliban peace deal last February.
Hundreds of Afghan civilians have also been killed and wounded during this period.