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Taliban allows Swedish charity clinics to re-open in Afghanistan

Ahmad Khalid Fahim, programme director for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan speaks at press conference. Photo: Rahmat Gul/AFP/TT

Published: 19.Jul.2019 16:33 hrs

A Swedish aid clinic was given "permission" by the Taliban to re-open its doors on Friday. The facilities in Kabul had recently been shut down due to a controversial Afghan army raid that happened ten days prior.

Afghan officials have said little about the raid in the Wardak province the night of July 8th - 9th, when commandos allegedly killed at least four people including a lab worker, a guard, and two caregivers. In the wake of the assault on the clinic, run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, the Taliban ordered the agency to close 42 of its 77 facilities.

In a statement, the insurgents had said the closure was ordered due to "some problems" and that the Swedish aid group "did not remain impartial." 

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