Shaken Kabul residents are weary of repeated bloody blasts
Abul Rahman had poured himself a cup of tea, and switched on TV to watch a nationally televised interview of American peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on peace talks with the Taliban. The entire family of Abdul Rahman gathered to learn about the latest development on ending 18-year long insurgency in the country.
As Khalilzad was briefing about U.S. and Taliban agreement
“in principle”, the house of Abul Rahman collapsed down. It was a car bomb that
hit his house and wounded seven members of his family including his wife, two
daughters and three sons.
Abul Rahman had the misfortune of living close to the Green Village,
a compound in the eastern Kabul neighborhood where international NGOs and
charities are located. It was the second time his house was hit by bombing that
targeted the compound.
As the compound has been repeatedly targeted, residents were
enraged and staged a protested on Tuesday morning, demanding the compound to be
relocated somewhere else. The protest turned violent and reportedly seven of
protestors were wounded.
Ahmad Massom, who lives a kilometer away from the compound,
says that attacking the compound has become too frequent. Since 2009, four
suicide bombings targeted the compound, which killed mostly civilians.
In the late Monday night, The Taliban group drove a tractor packed with explosives, and denoted it outside of the Green Village, which reportedly killed 50 people wounded 119 others.
Spokesperson for the Afghan Interior Ministry Nusrat Rahimi
said that five militants of the Taliban were shot dead by special force unite
of the Afghan police. Rahimi added that nearly 400 foreign NGO employees were
The truck bombing was the latest episode of bloody attack
amid US-Taliban peace deal, which has reached to a sensitive period. U.S.
special representatives on Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul
to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on
The United States will pull out around 5,000
troops from Afghanistan within 135 days under a draft peace agreement with the
Taliban, and in exchange of reduction of violence in several province, said
Khalilzad during an interview with a local TV channel.
But for residents of Qabel Bay neighborhood of
Kabul, peace means nothing less than staying safe.
“I built my house borrowing money last time
when it was wracked by suicide bombing,” said Abul Rahman. “I don’t know how to
build my house this time.”