Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul, six killed

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019   •   926

A blast in the center of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least six people and wounded another 14 on Tuesday (September 17), police officials said.

Most of the wounded were being treated at Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.

In a separate incident, an explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, health officials said.

The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for two blasts which it said killed dozens of people in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Taliban commanders have said they will intensify clashes with Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term. (Reuters)

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3 more Filipinos evacuated from conflict-torn Afghanistan — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed the latest repatriation of three overseas Filipinos from conflict-stricken Afghanistan.

In an advisory on Thursday (September 17), the DFA said there are still 20 Filipinos remaining in Afghanistan, two of them expressed their intention to be repatriated while 18 others opted to stay for work reasons.

As of September 17, a total of 191 Filipinos left Afghanistan after the Taliban militants took over the land-locked Asian country’s government.

“The Philippine Embassy in Islamabad [in Pakistan] continues to monitor the status of Filipinos in Afghanistan and stands ready to assist them at any time,” the DFA said.

Any Filipino in distress can contact the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan whose contact details below:
Whatsapp/Viber: +923335244762
Messenger/Facebook: Islamabad PE Atn or OFW Help
Email: isbpeatn@gmail.com

The DFA stressed that Alert Level 4 remains for Afghanistan where mandatory repatriation is in effect.

Soldier dead, another wounded in Basilan IED blast

UNTV News   •   September 1, 2021

One soldier was killed and another was wounded on Tuesday after an improvised explosive device detonated and ripped through a temporary checkpoint in Campo Uno, Lamitan City, Basilan.

WestMinCom Acting Commander, Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, in a statement said, initial investigation showed that three unidentified suspects onboard a black Honda XRM were seen in the area when the explosion transpired at around 8:50 a.m.

Following the explosion, one suspect managed to shoot one of the victims and successfully grabbed the other victim’s service arm which was an R4A3 rifle with an M203 grenade launcher attached. The suspects then fled towards the direction of Barangay Cabobo, of the same city.

Ponio said the two army personnel of the 68th Infantry Battalion were immediately evacuated to Lamitan City Hospital for medical attention.

The wounded soldiers were later airlifted to Camp Navarro General where one was declared dead on arrival while the other was brought to Zamboanga City Medical Center for further medical attention.

Troops are exhausting all efforts to assist the police in the conduct of investigation and pursuit operations.

“We will continue to intensify our efforts to identify and neutralize the perpetrators and prevent the recurrence of similar incidents,” Maj. Gen. Ponio further stated.

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Philippines to accept Afghan refugees only via gov’t-to-gov’t arrangement

Marje Pelayo   •   September 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the Philippines will accept asylum seekers from Afghanistan only under a government-to-government agreement.

He stressed, the Philippines will not entertain any request from private entities or non-government organizations.

“With the formal end of evacuations from Afghanistan, the next stage is processing and asylum—short or long stay. The Philippines will not accept nor listen to any proposition to accept any refugees unless it is government to government and only by their respective Foreign and Justice ministers; especially of the UK, the US and other Western countries most active in the evacuation,” Locsin said in a tweet on Monday (August 30).

“We will not entertain any request for asylum coming from NGOs however well-meaning or reputable or any other non-state parties,” he added.

Locsin emphasized that if ever the Philippines will open its doors to Afghan refugees, “it will be all humanitarian and not a bit monetarist.”

The Foreign Affairs secretary noted that there are only 24 Filipinos remaining in Kabul as of August 30, eight of them requesting repatriation while 16 others opted to stay.

As of Monday, a total of 187 Filipinos have been evacuated from Afghanista since the Taliban seized the nation’s capital.

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