Rocket hits Indian envoy's house as Afghan president fires warning to Taliban
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 20:38
"If Taliban wants to join peace talks, the Afghan government will allow them to open an office, but this is their last chance", Ghani said.
At least 16 other people were injured in the blast.
The Afghan leader told an worldwide peace conference in the capital on Tuesday that the attack, which took place at a highly fortified area of the capital, targeted "the entire diplomatic community".
The incidents comes just after Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani announced the "Kabul Process", an initiative to "secure global consensus to end transnational financing of terrorism".
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani quickly condemned Saturday's "outrageous attack on mourners burying the martyred", he said on Twitter. It sparked anti-government protests in which four people were killed, as police used tear gas and fired bullets into the air to keep crowds at bay.
He noted that today's attack, which reportedly killed at least seven people and wounded dozens of others attending a funeral in the Afghan capital, was "conducted by those opportunistically seeking to use these very fragile moments to destabilize Afghanistan".
The Taliban has steadily expanded its reach since United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014 and transitioned to a support and counterterrorism role.
Incensed over the Wednesday suicide attack that left 90 dead in Kabul's diplomatic zone, Afghans took to the streets Friday to demand the government's resignation.
Past attempts at peace talks have failed. He said that up to 11,000 foreign militants had allegedly arrived in Afghanistan in the last two years to fight for Daesh.
Ghani also renewed his criticism of neighboring Pakistan, saying it was waging an "undeclared war of aggression" against his country.
"Taliban sponsored terrorism is creating a platform that is bringing terrorists and criminals from all over the region to Afghanistan", Ghani said, according to his prepared remarks.
The conference, which will focus on counter-terrorism, really needs to help the Afghans come to a political consensus to form a better or even a new government in Kabul that can win back public trust. There was no immediate reaction from the Taliban to Ghani's comments.