Dozens of bumbling Taliban jihadis blow THEMSELVES up during a bomb making class inside a mosque02/16/2021
THIRTY Taliban fighters were blown up and killed at a bomb-making school in a mosque in Afghanistan, officials said.
Six foreigners – said to be experts in building booby-trap IED mines – were reported to be among the dead.
The fanatics had gathered at a mosque for "mine-making training" in the village of Qitla, in northern Balkh province.
“As a result of the explosion of a mine in a mosque, 30 terrorist Taliban, including six foreign nationals who were professional mine-makers, were killed,” Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said.
Ministry spokesman Fawad Aman added: “There were no survivors from the blast,” calling it the “deadliest of its kind” for the insurgents.
He told Arab News: “In the past, the enemies would have suffered like six, eight or ten people while either planting a bomb or making a mine, but this is the first time they suffered such heavy losses.”
The Taliban confirmed there was ablast but denied anyone died.
Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the explosion was in a room used for storing ammunition.
“We strongly reject the report of deaths, there was no single casualty,” Mujahid told Arab News.
“And in the morning time, the enemy’s planes came for bombarding the room. A mosque nearby was also partially damaged.”
In a separate incident two children were killed by an IED planted by the Taliban in Kunduz province, security officials said.
Violence has raged across the country after peace talks stalled.
The Taliban have launched a string of offensives against two provincial capitals in recent months, and were blamed for a wave of assassinations targeting journalists, politicians and activists.
Today the Taliban demanded the US honour a landmark deal to withdraw all foreign troops from Afghanistan before it will return to talks.
"We urge the American side to remain committed to the full implementation of this accord," wrote the group's co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in an open letter addressed to the American public.
It comes one day before a major Nato summit, the highest-level talks since Joe Biden took office promising to work more closely with allies after four years of tensions under Donald Trump.
The war in Afghanistan and withdrawal plans are expected to be among the most pressing issues discussed during the summit.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan "before the time is right".
The Pentagon has accused the Taliban of not fulfilling promises to reduce attacks and cut ties with Al-Qaeda.
And a study mandated by the US Congress called for a delay in the troops pullout, warning it would effectively hand the Taliban a victory.
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