Afghanistan military parade as Nato readies for departure

Taliban fighters pose with mortar shells and an anti-aircraft gun as they parade in Kabul Taliban fighters hold a Taliban flag as they parade in Kabul Kabul, Afghanistan – Hundreds of members of the…

Afghanistan military parade as Nato readies for departure

Taliban fighters pose with mortar shells and an anti-aircraft gun as they parade in Kabul

Taliban fighters hold a Taliban flag as they parade in Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan – Hundreds of members of the Taliban took part in a military parade in Kabul on Thursday as the group flexed its military muscles in the Afghan capital.

The parade was carried out in front of security forces as foreign military forces prepare to leave the country.

We call on Afghanistan’s government to take serious steps to ensure civilian security and ensure all the refugees in Afghanistan return safely and swiftly. Nicolas Sarkozy, Former French President

At least one mortar shell fired by Taliban militants hit a Kabul hospital but no one was hurt, officials said.

No group claimed responsibility for the hospital incident but Taliban insurgents have attacked medical centers and clinics in the past.

Mortar shells are fired from an moving car at a Kabul hospital but no-one was hurt. The Taliban are waging an insurgency to topple the government and set up an Islamic state.

The Islamist militant group has controlled most of Afghanistan since a US-led campaign overthrew their regime in 2001, but the government has made gains in the north and west in recent years.

We called in our officers immediately and neutralized the militant force. Ghulam Farooq Rahimi, General Director of the Kabul Police

Speaking to the BBC from Kabul, General Ghulam Farooq Rahimi, the Chief of Police in the capital, said: “One mortar shell was fired from an moving car at a Kabul hospital but no-one was hurt. The Taliban are waging an insurgency to topple the government and set up an Islamic state.

General Rahimi said the hospital’s security guards had used a water cannon to keep it from getting hit again.

“We called in our officers immediately and neutralized the militant force. The militants could have killed people,” he added.

An investigation into the incident is under way. It is not clear why the hospital was targeted.

Meanwhile, a seven-year-old boy has been killed by a rocket and a Nato airstrike in the north of the country, officials say.

The boy was standing near his home in the Waza district of Jawzjan province when a rocket landed nearby, killing him instantly, according to police chief in the province, Haji Lutfullah Khan.

And Nato said it had carried out an air strike in the Saygun district of Helmand province.

Local official in Saybullah province, Sayd Safwan, told the BBC that eight people were killed in the strike, which took place on Tuesday night.

The casualties were from a passing NATO convoy. The foreign military coalition has conducted air strikes before in Helmand. The Taliban are active in the province.

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