Afghanistan crisis Highlights: Militants fired from across the Afghanistan border and killed two Pakistani soldiers on Sunday, the Pakistani Army said. It was first such attack since the Taliban took over Kabul ten days ago. The Pakistani Army said it retaliated and killed two or three of the attackers.
US officials said a drone struck a vehicle carrying multiple ‘suicide bombers’ which was on its way to attack the Kabul international airport amid the American military’s evacuation. The terror threat, of which the US had issued warnings earlier in the day, is believed to have been eliminated.
Days after two blasts at Kabul airport claimed close to 200 lives, sound of another powerful explosion was heard in the Afghan capital on Sunday, AP reported. According to Afghan police chief, a rocket hit the northwest neighbourhood of Kabul airport killing a child. According to AP, the two strikes (drone and rocket) initially appeared to be separate incidents, though information on both were very limited.
A band of veteran Afghan leaders, including two regional strongmen, are angling for talks with the Taliban and plan to meet within weeks to form a new front for holding negotiations on the country’s next government, a member of a group said. The move comes as Western forces are heading to the final phase of troop-pullout from Afghanistan.
Evacuation of the remaining contingent of US forces at the airport has begun ahead of the Aug 31. deadline. Other NATO forces too have begun pulling out their forces. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with his Indian counterpart External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday.