Kandahar attack plotted by Taliban on other side of Durand Line: Governor

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Kandahar Governor Humayun Azizi, who recently returned home after treatment of his injuries that he sustained in an attack at a guesthouse in the province, has claimed the aforementioned attack was plotted by the Taliban on the other side of the Durand Line, the de facto border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“The explosion was plotted by the Taliban on the other side of the Durand Line and was carried out here in Kandahar,” Azizi was quoted as saying to TOLOnews.

Azizi also said the explosives were placed inside dishes and were taken to the guesthouse, where high ranking officials from Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates had gathered.

“The explosives were few, but were highly destructive and powerful. The explosives were placed inside dishes when they were being prepared to be taken to the guesthouse,” he said.

Earlier, the Governor had said the incident was unprecendented and that serious investigations were required.

“It was horrific. Investigators will be appointed by the government and the details will be revealed later by relevant organizations,” Azizi told reporters upon his return.

Azizi joined back work on March 18.

“I warn all enemies of Afghanistan and Kandahar people that no matter how much terror you create, our patience will not end and for as long as I live I will continue to serve my people,” Azizi had said.

The attack on the governor guesthouse in January, 2017 left at least 11 dead, including five U.A.E. diplomats and the U.A.E. ambassador to Afghanistan, who later succumbed to his injuries.

Meanwhile, dozens of people were killed in a series of militant attacks throughout Afghanistan. At least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the parliament in Kabul.

The Taliban said they were responsible for these twin bomb attacks in the centre of the city. They, however, denied to take responsibility for the attack on the guesthouse. (ANI)