Kabul to Host Peace Summit after Week of Deadly Violence

Gelani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor of the western Herat province, says Tuesday's blast took place near the main Sunni mosque in Herat city, adding that the toll could rise.

Explosions ripped through the funeral of an Afghan anti-government protester in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens in fresh carnage that spiked tensions in a city already on edge.

She said the timing of the attacks on Kabul suggests those who carried them out want to sabotage any renewed effort towards a negotiated peace.

On the same day, a rocket struck the Indian diplomatic compound in Kabul. It was one of the deadliest in Kabul in recent years.

Ghani made the offer while addressing a peace conference he convened Tuesday in Kabul of regional and global partners to discuss ways to end the deadly conflict in Afghanistan and boost cooperation to counter the Islamic State-led emerging regional threat of terrorism.

Ghani has come under mounting criticism over the bombing, the deadliest in Kabul since 2001, with protests and deadly street clashes roiling the Afghan capital as people incensed by spiralling insecurity call for his government's resignation.

If the hospital - which has treated 1,350 Afghans with war injuries so far this year - stopped operating because of violence, it would be the first time since Taliban rule ended 16 years ago.

Exposing the split within the fractious government Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani also called for Atmar's dismissal on Monday, but the demand was turned down by President Ashraf Ghani.

Reuters reported Tuesday that Ghani told foreign diplomats that: "We were not the only targets, the entire diplomatic community was the target of this attack".

The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, but Afghan intelligence said in a statement they believe the Haqqani Network, a Pakistani group aligned with the Taliban, was behind it. Wahid Mujro, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said 87 people were also wounded in multiple explosions - including three blasts at a cemetery during a funeral attended by government officials and members of parliament.

"We would accept that the location for peace talks can be anywhere that is mutually agreeable, whether it be in Kabul where we would provide guarantees or elsewhere".

  • Leroy Wright