Days after a deadly attack near Kabul airport killed up to 170 people and was claimed by Daesh, the Taliban on Friday said they do not need cooperation from any country to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, despite a senior US official saying that the US is ready to help the Taliban combat Daesh.
"We are fully ready to ensure the security of the country on our own," said Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban's cultural commission. "We don't need the US or other countries' support in this respect."
On August 26, just five days before the US departed from Afghanistan, a deadly bombing took place near Kabul airport that killed up to 170 people. Many of the victims were Afghan civilians trying to leave the country. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two families of victims of the deadly attack spoke with TOLOnews and shared the ordeal of losing their loved ones who were attempting to leave the country.
Mohammad Zaki, 18, was killed in the blast near the airport. His family said he wanted to leave for Moscow to continue his university education but he failed and lost his life.
"My son wanted to go to Moscow for an education, however, lately, he was reluctant in his decision to travel to Russia. When the Taliban came, he asked for his father's permission and went to the airport but we found his body at the hospital following the explosion," said Zaki's mother Nek Bakht.
Zaki's family said the perpetrators of the attack should be brought to justice.
"They should become united and should reach an agreement with regional countries as well as their opposition," Zaki's uncle Hekmatullah said.