“It does clearly demonstrate that the Taliban, even though they have been some tentative steps towards talking about a peace process and obviously the meeting between the Taliban and the US and Qatar…..is not ready to relinquish on the ground military presence at the moment,” Royal United Services Institute Senior Research Fellow, Emily Winterbottom, told euronews.
The bomb attack was claimed by Islamic State militants. They operate separately from the Taliban although mourners of the victims see them in the same light and simply want the violence to stop
“We want peace in our country,” said one relative of a victim. “We cannot continue this bloodshed anymore. We demand the government and government forces stop the war and work towards peace and brotherhood. We have sacrificed enough, many mothers and fathers lost their loved one during the war.”
This latest upsurge in violence comes just a few weeks after an unprecedented ceasefire between the Taliban and government forces gave some hope for the future. But in the emotion of the day, some mourners were dismissive of the cessation and any talks with the militants
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