The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack that has rocked Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul. The explosion left hundreds wounded and up to 40 people are feared dead.
Although the Taliban appear to currently have the upper hand in Afghanistan, Col. Knut Peters, a spokesperson for NATO in Kabul, told DW that the mission has seen success and that upcoming elections are a positive sign.
The UN said deliberately targeting and murdering civilians are serious violations of international humanitarian law that amount to war crimes. UNAMA has called for a peaceful settlement to the conflict.
A bombing attack hit an electoral rally in Afghanistan as a female candidate was about to give a speech. The Taliban had decried the upcoming parliamentary vote and several politicians have recently been killed.
Activists are demanding EU member states stop sending asylum-seekers back to Afghanistan. Violence against civilians is on the rise in the country, yet some European governments appear eager to continue the deportations.
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