Kabul Truck Bomb Death Toll Rises Above 150


Seven people were killed and 119 others wounded Saturday as explosions erupted during the funeral of a protester killed in the Afghan capital a day earlier in anti-government demonstrations, a Health Ministry spokesman told CNN.

Tadamichi Yamamoto urged all members of the worldwide community to help put an end the cycle of violence and support the foundations of a lasting peace.

General Mohammad Ayub Ansari, police chief of western Herat province, said today's blast took place near the main Sunni mosque in Herat city.

Even as Mr. Ghani began to speak at the Kabul Process meeting, attended by 24 countries, including India, militants launched a rocket that landed inside the compound of the Indian Embassy in the diplomatic zone.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued an ultimatum to the Taliban on Tuesday, warning them to embrace peace or "face consequences" after announcing that the death toll from last week's devastating truck bombing had crossed 150.

The conference, called the "Kabul Process", aims to set the stage for peace talks and clinch an global pact to end "cross-border terrorism". "But whoever may be responsible for the latest spate of brutal attacks, the Afghan government would do better to focus on this growing threat rather than hurl baseless accusations against Pakistan", she had said.

No one has claimed the attack.

The Taliban made steady gains in the country since the worldwide military mission declared an end to its combat mission in 2014.

The continued strength of the Taliban - and the rise of the "Islamic State" in the country - comes as the United States and allies are mulling sending several thousand more troops to support Afghan forces. "If the Taliban wants to join peace talks, the Afghan government will allow them to open an office, but this is their last chance".

A truck bomb that struck the heart of the Afghan capital last week killed more than 150 people, the country's President Ashraf Ghani said Monday, making it one of the deadliest single attacks in the country since the 2001 USA -led invasion.

NAN reports that security has steadily worsened since 2014 and the end of the main North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat mission, which at its peak featured more than 100,000 American troops and tens of thousands more from alliance partners like Britain.

This is not the first attempt by the Afghan government to broker peace.