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Afghan air strike kills 12 in mosque: 'Children among dead'

10:10 AM | 23 Oct, 2020
Afghan air strike kills 12 in mosque: 'Children among dead'
Afghan air strike kills 12 in mosque: 'Children among dead'
Afghan air strike kills 12 in mosque: 'Children among dead'
Afghan air strike kills 12 in mosque: 'Children among dead'

KABUL: Military raid has killed at least 12 people including children, 14 injured in an attack near the northeastern province of Takhar, provincial officials said.

The strike on a village in northeastern Takhar province on Wednesday came as Afghan security forces clashed with suspected Taliban militants, Provincial spokesperson Khalil Aseer.

The airstrike was carried out when the victims were busy studying the Holy Quran, a prayer leader was also killed, he added.

But the ministry of defence -- who confirmed the strike was carried out by the Afghan air force -- denied civilians had died. Twelve Taliban including several of their commanders were killed, it said.

Afghanistan's Vice President Amrullah Saleh also states the death of the children as 'baseless' accusation, those who spread rumours will be dealt with, he warned by writing a note on social media site.

The ministry of defence said it had appointed a team to probe.

Taliban in a statement said The enemy bombarded the mosque at a time when children were busy in religious studies, airstrike had destroyed the mosque.

Despite joining peace talks with the government in Qatar last month, the Taliban have only increased violence in a bid to wield leverage in the negotiations.

The US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said earlier this week that fighting is threatening the peace process.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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