On Thursday, Afghan media reported an explosion followed by a heavy firefight in the fifth security district in Kabul.
The Herat News Agency website said the blast was heard in the Khushal Khan area of Kabul’s Fifth Security District, where a major conference organized by the Taliban and attended by 3,000 scientists is taking place. This was later confirmed by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who reported the shooting near a meeting of Afghan scientists, adding, “But it didn’t affect the conference.”
“Security forces have fired several shots at a suspicious location and there are no more concerns,” he said in statements released by Taliban government platforms. News sites close to the Taliban announced a tightening of security measures in Kabul due to the large gathering of Afghan scientists. The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, but was rescheduled for one day.
Afghan state television aired a video of Taliban Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar visiting the Loya Jirga conference tent in Kabul. The Taliban say that about 3,000 participants from all over Afghanistan have been invited to the conference. ?
In an interview on national television, Abdul Salam Hanafi, second deputy prime minister in the ruling Taliban government, said that representatives of various sections of society were invited to the meeting of religious scholars and that he would express different views on strengthening national unity and stability in Afghanistan. .
Amag News reported that strict long-distance security measures have been put in place around the so-called Loya Jirga tent, and vehicles and pedestrians are not allowed to pass. Earlier, some sources reported that the meeting could discuss the issue of opening schools for girls over the sixth grade in Afghanistan.