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Mortar attacks kill 2, injure dozens in Afghanistan’s Kunar

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo taken in Kunar province in Afghanistan on February 27, 2016 shows local residents standing near shoes gathered from the scene of a deadly attack which left at least 10 people dead and over 40 others injured. ©AFP

Two mortar attacks have killed two people and wounded dozens more in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar.

The mortar shells targeted a market in Asad Abad, the provincial capital of Kunar, Abdul Ghani Musamim, the spokesman for the Kunar provincial governor, said on Thursday.

The people had gathered in the market to celebrate Afghanistan's Independence Day.  

In a Thursday speech marking the occasion, President Ashraf Ghani said that Afghanistan was not alone in its battle against terrorist groups like the Taliban and Daesh.

Ghani said the country had the backing of the international community in its fight against the militants and that the Afghan people would prevail in this battle.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (C) looks on as he inspects a guard of honor during an event to mark Afghanistan’s Independence Day at the Ministry of Defense compound in Kabul on August 18, 2016. ©AFP

He said that under no circumstances will Afghanistan become a safe haven again for militants and that terrorists will not succeed in the country.

With the support of the Afghan people, security forces will turn Afghanistan into a mass grave for the militants, the Afghan leader said.

Ghani pointed out that unity among the Afghans was also necessary to overcome the country's problems, saying, "We can resolve problems together.”

Afghanistan is still suffering from insecurity and violence years after the United States and its allies invaded the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.

The US-led military invasion in 2001 removed the Taliban, but Afghanistan is still gripped by insecurity and violence as militants seek to wrest control over it.

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