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U.S. blames Daesh for ‘black Tuesday’ attacks

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KABUL: The US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has blamed the IS-K or so called Daesh extremist group for the recent deadly attacks in capital Kabul and in the eastern Nangarhar province.

“The USG has assessed ISIS-K conducted the horrific attacks on a maternity ward and a funeral earlier this week in Afghanistan,” Khalilzad wrote on twitter.

He vowed that ISIS is a threat to the Afghan people and world with demonstrating a pattern of favoring heinous attacks.   

“ISIS-K also opposes a peace agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and seeks to encourage sectarian war as in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

Instead of falling into the ISIS’s trap and creating hurdles against the Afghan peace process, Khalilzad said that the conflict sides should come together and peruse the historic opportunity for peace in Afghanistan, and that there should be no excuses in regards.

Last Tuesday, around 50 people died in two separate heinous attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar.  A number of gunmen entered into a 100-bed maternity hospital in western Kabul, killing at least 24 people most of them mothers and newborn babies and wounded dozens of others.

Around 24 people were killed and scores of civilians received injuries in a suicide blast at a funeral ceremony of a pro-government commander in Kuz-Kunar district of Nangarhar.

The Taliban in a statement denied their involvement in the attacks.

In the same day’s late evening, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the country’s security forces, which were on defensive posture for longtime after the US-Taliban peace deal, to go back into offensive and show the militant groups their strengthen.

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