Terrorist bombings in Afghanistan

This item appears on page 18 of the November 2019 issue.

In Afghanistan on Sept. 17, 26 people at an election rally in the town of Charikar were killed by a suicide bomber from the Islamist militant group the Taliban, and 22 more were killed in a main square in Kabul by another suicide bomber. More than 90 people were injured in the two attacks. Afghanistan’s president had been scheduled to speak at the election rally.

The Taliban had been involved in peace negotiations with the US until President Trump ended the process on Sept. 7 following the killing of a US soldier in a Taliban attack. While those negotiations were taking place, the Taliban conducted a number of bombings and attacks against the Afghanistan government and civilians.