The attack on Tuesday was centered on an Afghan National Army post in the village of Gholam Sakhi, about three miles from Kunduz city, said Nangyalay, an Afghan police commander who was stationed in the area. Commander Nangyalay, who like many Afghans uses only one name, said the attack started at 2:30 a.m. and fighting continued for two hours, leaving at least six soldiers and two police officers dead. In addition, the militants briefly occupied the base, destroying a Humvee vehicle and looting mortars and other weapons before fleeing, Commander Nangyalay said.
The two sides agreed that the orchestra would stage performances in the capital, Seoul, and at Gangneung, near Pyeongchang, the South’s Unification Ministry said in a statement.
The Afghan president may have miscalculated.
A large number of visiting Indonesian university students were said to be on the balcony, just above the lobby of the complex’s Tower Two, when it suddenly collapsed beneath them just minutes after noon, officials said. The building also houses international businesses and agencies, including the World Bank.
Video footage of the meeting was posted online on Sunday by Tolo Television, one of Afghanistan’s leading private networks. Pictured in the meeting was Abbas Basir of the Wahdat Party, a major faction representing Afghanistan’s Shiite minority, the Hazaras. The head of that party, Karim Khalili, also leads the Afghan High Peace Council.