May 1 2021 More than 30 people were killed and more than 70 injured in a car bomb attack in Pul Alam, capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Lugar province, on the evening of April 30, the night before U.S. troops began withdrawing from Afghanistan as planned.
At the time of the incident, there were many students preparing to take the university entrance exam next week, in addition to security forces who were frequent targets. Footage from the scene showed that the hotel had collapsed and an adjacent hospital was badly damaged.
As of press time, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, while Afghan government forces have repeatedly launched heavy-handed strikes against Taliban forces in recent days, violence has been frequent across Afghanistan:
On the evening of 29 April, seven civilians were killed in a shooting in the northern province of Baghlan.
On 24 April, 10 people were killed and two wounded in separate shootings and bomb attacks in the capital Kabul and the eastern province of Ghazni.
On 20 April, four people were injured in a suicide bomb attack on an Afghan National Security Agency convoy.
In the past half-month, Taliban militants have carried out various attacks in 24 provinces in Afghanistan, killing at least 226 civilians and military personnel, excluding bomb attacks on the evening of April 30, according to local Afghan media Dawn News.
Many Afghans are worried about the continuing deterioration of the security situation.
Kabul resident Zabiullah Nijirabi told reporters that the security situation in Afghanistan is “terrible to the extreme”, many remote areas “without any security” and the security situation in the city is deteriorating.
Mumin Naibu said that not only has the Taliban gained strength and taken control of considerable territory in Afghanistan, but several terrorist groups are also growing.
After 9:11 in 2001, the United States quickly mobilized troops to fight afghanistan in an effort to eliminate the extremist group’s leader, Osman bin Laden. However, the war waged by the United States in the name of “counter-terrorism” has not achieved the purpose of “counter-terrorism”, which has not only cost the United States dearly, but also brought a great humanitarian disaster on the ground:
Data show that more than 30,000 civilians in Afghanistan have been killed, killed or killed by U.S. forces in the fighting, about 11 million people have become refugees.
UNICEF reports that nearly 6,500 Afghan children died as a result of the conflict between 2009 and 2018.
According to the U.S. government’s plan, U.S. troops will begin to withdraw from Afghanistan from May 1st, before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. For the United States, a 20-year war is expected to come to an end. But for Afghans, peace is still a long way off.