In Afghanistan, journalist Hamid Seighani was killed after a bomb attached to a vehicle exploded in a Kabul suburb Sunday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in a suburb of mostly Shia Hazara residents. This came one day after at least three people were killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Nangarhar. Members of the Shia community are calling on the Taliban to ensure their protection after a recent spate of deadly attacks.
Zia Qatari: “Afghanistan is still facing problems, and the security has to be maintained. And this is one of the main responsibilities of the ruling government, to provide comprehensive security for all the residents.”
In related news, Indian officials are accusing Pakistan of blocking a request to allow 50,000 tons of wheat and medicine to be transported to Afghanistan. The nation’s humanitarian crisis, already dire due to war and drought, has deepened since the Taliban takeover in August, with 23 million people facing acute food insecurity and 9 million people on the brink of starvation, according to the U.N.