Germany to check Afghan security before deporting migrants

Ivan Schwartz
June 1, 2017

Afghanistan's spy agency has blamed the insurgent group Haqqani network and neighbouring Pakistan for the massive truck bombing in which around 90 people were killed in Kabul on Wednesday.

Angry residents of the Afghan capital on Thursday were demanding answers from the government as to how the previous day's suicide blast that claimed 90 lives was allowed to happen. Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the bomber detonated his truck filled with explosives close to a busy intersection in Wazir Akbar Khan district. Both condemned the attack and the alliance praised "the courage of Afghan security forces, especially the police and first responders". Insurgent groups have been on the offensive ever since the drawdown of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops from the country in 2014.

Wednesday's blast, at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, ripped through a traffic-clogged street, packed with people on their way to school or work during the morning rush hour, causing hundreds of casualties in an instant and sending a tower of black smoke into the sky. The vast majority of such devastating attacks recently have been undertaken by either the Taliban or the local affiliate of ISIS group.

BERLIN (AP) - The German government said Thursday it will continue to deport people to Afghanistan if they are considered a threat, have committed crimes or persistently refuse to reveal their identity.

Afghans were the second largest group of asylum seekers in Germany after Syrians previous year and four months before an election, Merkel wants to make sure voters think she has the migrant crisis under control.

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The Taliban - now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive" - denied they were involved, and Islamic State, so far, has not issued a claim in the attack.

Last week, ACB chairperson Atif Mashal met with top Pakistan Cricket Board officials in Lahore and it was later announced that the countries planned to resume cricketing ties at youth and senior levels.

So far, it doesn't appear likely. The most recent initiative, brokered by Pakistan, collapsed and spawned even more public distrust and animosity between Kabul and Islamabad.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has issued an order for the execution of eleven Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network prisoners after deadly Kabul attack. Yarmand said there doesn't appear to be much desire to negotiate on the part of the Taliban leadership or its rank and file.

"For now, their supporters need them to be in the fight with the Afghan government", he said.

Other reports by GizPress

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