Roundup: Afghan fighting continues amid peace talks in Doha

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KABUL, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban militants has been continuing in the country amid peace talks in Doha to find a negotiated solution to Afghanistan's prolonged war.

The contact group of the Afghan government and the Taliban outfit held a meeting in Qatar capital Doha on Monday to prepare the agenda for their dialogue to end the war in Afghanistan.

Masoom Stanekzai, head of the Afghan government negotiating team in Doha, has described the talks as "complex" and told local media that "we had tough debates and discussion" to find a way for peace in the country.

However, Stanekzai didn't provide more details to the media.

Although the direct peace talks between the two sides have initiated outside the country, the fighting, like the past, has been continuing inside Afghanistan.

In the latest violent incident, a mine planted by Taliban militants struck a vehicle in the western Badghis province Monday afternoon, killing six including a former senator on the spot, acting governor for the restive province, Faiz Mohammad Mirzazada told Xinhua.

More than 30 people including civilians, security personnel and militants, have been killed in the country over the past 24 hours, according to security officials.

Amid ongoing talks and fighting, the war-weary Afghans are eyeing the peace dialogue in Doha for some good news.

"My father was killed in cross fire during the Taliban-government fighting in Chashma-e-Shir area outside Baghlan provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri one month ago. I hate the war and pray for the return of lasting peace in Afghanistan," 18-year-old Mohammad Nazir told Xinhua.

In the meantime, presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqi in talks with local media on Monday evening also described the ongoing peace talks in Doha as a complicated process, saying it needs more time to yield positive results. Enditem

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