Violence in Afghanistan Continues with Attack on Construction Company
An attack in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad in the province of Nangarhar killed 16 people on Wednesday. No specific group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, the start of the attack was marked by two suicide bombers detonating explosives outside a construction company. Next, four gunmen dressed in suicide vests entered the building, shooting employees and kickstarting a five-hour gunmatch against Afghan police forces. All five attackers were killed in the conflict.
Moreover, last Friday suicide bombers killed at least 23 members of Afghan security forces, and wounded 16 others in an attack perpetrated by the Taliban on a military base in Southern Afghanistan.
This attack occurred in spite of the United States and the Taliban’s currently undergoing peace talks taking place in Afghanistan. The United States and government of Afghanistan have high hopes to end their 17-year conflict through this year’s negotiations, officially begun on February 25th. So far, the prospect of withdrawing American troops has been a key topic of discussion.
However, both sides are continuing their usage of violence while negotiating terms of peace. The Taliban’s attack on March 1 was the latest in a recent string of attacks they have orchestrated in the past two months against Afghan security forces.
Furthermore, conflicts in neighboring countries are partially responsible for further delaying the peace process. For instance, the mounting tension between India and Pakistan has presented significant obstacles in focusing on establishing peace in Afghanistan.
Even if the Taliban and the United States were to agree on certain terms, many wonder if security can be fully established in Afghanistan, a country currently fragmented by violence and militant groups with varying agendas.