Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday (August 19) vowed that they will “avenge” the killing of innocent Afghans, following a suicide blast at a wedding that killed 63 people over the weekend.
Leading an official ceremony held on the Defence Ministry compound in Kabul to mark the country’s 100th Independence Day, Ghani called the attackers cowardly and weak.
“They targeted a completely civilian place and attacked our children and women. And in a brutal way they shed the blood of our countrymen,” Ghani said.
The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the suicide blast at a wedding reception that killed 63 people and wounded nearly 200, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees to a pact with the United States.
While never part of the British empire, Afghanistan gained complete independence from Britain on Aug. 19, 1919. (Reuters)
China’s foreign ministry said on Monday (August 19) that Hong Kong doesn’t need “suggestions” after U.S. President Donald Trump told media that a “Tiananmen”-style crackdown on Hong Kong’s recent anti-government protests would harm trade talks between the two countries.
“President Trump has previously said that Hong Kong is part of China and they must solve their problem by themselves. They don’t need any suggestions. We hope the U.S. side can live up their word,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media in Beijing.
In recent weeks U.S. President Donald Trump has made a series of comments on Hong Kong via twitter, one of which urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet with protesters to diffuse weeks of tensions.
Hundreds of China’s People’s Armed Police (PAP) continue to be stationed at a sports stadium in Shenzhen that borders Hong Kong.
The U.S. State Department has said it was “deeply concerned” about the movements, which have prompted worries that the troops could be used to break up protests. (Reuters)
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