On the evening of September 2nd, just before 10 pm, Kabul time, a strong explosion again shook the Afghan capital. Claimed by the Taliban, the attack has, according to the latest report by the Ministry of the Interior, sixteen dead, all civilians, and 119 wounded. According to the same ministry, a tractor loaded with explosives exploded in front of the vast camp of Green Village, housing organizations, international institutions and their employees, in the east of Kabul. The explosion set fire to a nearby gas station, adding to the toll.Read also Sixteen dead and more than 100 wounded in an explosion in Kabul
The attack came as Afghan television Tolo News broadcast live the interview with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, in which he discussed the terms of a peace agreement with the Taliban after eighteen years of conflict in the country. The 9th meeting between insurgents and Americans since September ended in Doha on August 31.
The Afghan special forces, dispatched to the scene of the attack, killed five Taliban attackers who sought, moreover, to enter the camp and to attack the inhabitants. "Four hundred people from Green Village camp have been saved and transferred to a safe place , " said Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi. The operation ended around 5 am local time.
This violence comes at a particular moment in the peace process between the United States and the Taliban. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured that a text of agreement could be signed around September 1st. Ambassador Khalilzad was in Kabul to report to the Afghan authorities on the latest progress and as the conclusion of an agreement with the Taliban is presented as imminent. He met on Monday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
For the Taliban, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his cabinet are "puppets" of Washington
The Afghan government is effectively excluded from the Doha negotiations because, for the Taliban, Ghani and his cabinet are considered "puppets" of Washington. A position that has marginalized the president who intends, for its part, defend the legitimacy of the Afghan power by preparing, September 28, the presidential election, already postponed twice, for which he is himself a candidate. This election is not a priority for the Americans, who want, above all, to reach an agreement with the insurgents and withdraw some of their troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban do not want to hear about this election.