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Five dead, three injured in Ghazni traffic accident

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AT-KABUL: Five passengers died and three wounded after a Toyota car collided with a fuel tanker in the southeastern province of Ghazni, local officials said Sunday.

Provincial spokesman Jawid Salangi, said that the accident took place on Ghazni-Kandahar highway in Qarabagh district early morning.

He said vehicle collided with a fuel tanker coming from the opposite direction, adding the victims included women and children.

Salangi called reckless driving the main cause of the accident on the poor conditioned highway, which is badly damaged due to Taliban attacks over the past two years.

At least 5,406 people died and injured in traffic accidents last year across the country officials in the ministry of transportation and civil aviation said earlier this year.

Deputy transport minister Sayed Wali Sultan said: “unfortunately, we were witnessing irritant traffic accidents in various parts of the country that show the regulations need for review and it requires a clear framework to manage the transportation system.”

Separately, at least 14 Taliban insurgents were killed and three other wounded in operation lunched by security forces in central Ghazni province, security officials said.

In a statement 203 Tandar Military Corps said that the clear operation is conduct under the name of “Sultan” in Muqor and Qarabagh district to clear the district form Taliban insurgents.

The statement said that 45 other people who were in a Taliban prison were released during a military operation in Gero district and with the cooperation of residents.

The people were imprisoned by the Taliban after being accused of cooperating with the government.

However, the statement did not provide details about casualties among security forces during the operation.