Afghanistan seeks end to ter­ror­ism

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KABUL: As of­fi­cials from around the world gath­ered in Kabul for a peace con­fer­ence, Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani said far more peo­ple were killed in last week’s mas­sive truck-bomb ex­plo­sion than ini­tially re­ported – more than 150, mak­ing it the dead­li­est at­tack in the cap­i­tal in years.

Ghani said his coun­try is un­der siege from the Tal­iban and Is­lamic State but is also en­meshed in an “un­de­clared” war with Pak­istan. He urged the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to “make good on its prom­ise” to end state-spon­sored ter­ror­ism.

“It is time to get se­ri­ous… be­cause our re­gion is un­der threat,” Ghani said.

As if to un­der­score the frag­ile se­cu­rity in Kabul, a rocket landed just over a kilo­me­tre from the pres­i­den­tial palace, where the talks were tak­ing place. It hit out­side a diplo­mat’s home not far from the Nato head­quar­ters and the US em­bassy, but no ca­su­al­ties were re­ported.

Also, at least nine peo­ple were killed and 15 wounded when a bomb at­tached to a mo­tor­cy­cle went off out­side the en­trance of the Great Mosque in Herat. The Tal­iban de­nied re­spon­si­bil­ity. Wash­ing­ton Post

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