At least 47 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in bomb blasts at a Shia mosque at the centre of Afghan city of Kandahar during busy Friday prayers.
Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the governor’s house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to vacate a residential army colony on the outskirts of the southern city.
Top Ariana airline official hails Qatari and Turkish technical experts for their assistance in getting Kabul airport operational in the shortest possible time.
Qatar's ambassador to Afghanistan says its technical team was able to repair and reopen Kabul airport to receive humanitarian aid, Al Jazeera reports, as economic crisis looms in Taliban-ruled country.
Meanwhile, the United Nations said it had restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, linking the Pakistani capital Islamabad with Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south.
Cultural activities are allowed, Taliban rulers say, so long as they do not go against Sharia law and Afghanistan's Islamic culture.
President Joe Biden has doubled down on his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan despite the Taliban's rapid advances, but pledged to send more troops to evacuate civilians and warned the militants not to threaten that mission.
The Taliban has been inching closer to Kabul and full control of Afghanistan, fuelling fears of a return to their brutal regime that was toppled by the United States-led 2001 invasion.
The militant group has made rapid advances across southern Afghanistan overnight as US and other foreign forces near a complete withdrawal.
The speed of the Taliban offensive raises questions of how long the Afghan government forces can stop the militants from reaching Kabul.
Fighting in Afghanistan's long-running conflict has escalated dramatically since May, when the US-led military coalition began the final stage of a withdrawal set to be completed before the end of the month.
The failure of US-led forces to address grassroots issues and the absence of a strong Afghan government has led to the resurgence of the Taliban, experts say.
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