US soldier killed in Afghanistan

Updated September 17, 2019

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A US service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, Nato said, without providing further details. — AFP/File
A US service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, Nato said, without providing further details. — AFP/File

KABUL: A US service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, Nato said, without providing further details.

Monday’s death was the 17th US combat death in Afghanistan this year, according to the Pentagon’s count.

At least five civilians, including women and children, were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Farah province on Sunday, according to Mohibullah Mohib, spokesman for the provincial police.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred near the city of Farah, the provincial capital, but the Taliban are active in the province.

Separately, a magnetic explosive device attached to a mini bus belonging to a university in Ghazni province exploded and killed the bus driver. Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said five Ghazni University students were also wounded in the blast.

In eastern Logar province, a schoolgirl died in the crossfire during a battle in the Mohammad Agha district between the Taliban and the security forces, the police said.

A second student was wounded.

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani cancelled his first electoral debate with his main electoral rival, Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive. Both men are partners in the national unity government.

Ghani’s electoral team, in a statement released just before the start of the debate, claimed Abdullah has no political program and that Ghani did not want to debate him.

Abdullah, who was present at the TV studio where the debate was to be held, said Ghani “should have come and shared his plans.”

Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2019