Two dozen soldiers killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan

Kabul: In a multiple  suicide bombings  at lease 23 people were killed and  more than a dozen wounded  in Afghanistan  on Saturday  in a series of assaults in the war-torn country.

Taliban militants stormed  an  Afghan army post in the western province of Farah, killed 18 government soldiers, the defence ministry said on Saturday, while a suicide bomber in the capital killed one person and wounded six.

” The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Deputy provincial governor Younus Rasooli said the authorities had sent a fact-finding delegation to Bala Buluk to investigate the assault.

In another attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of Kabul during the morning rush hour, killing at least three people and wounding five others, deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

“At around 8:30 am, a suicide bomber on foot, well-dressed with a necktie on, was identified at a checkpoint. He blew up his explosives, killing three and wounding five others,” he said, updating an earlier toll.

Violence has intensified in Afghanistan since U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a more aggressive strategy in August with U.S.-led forces carrying out more air strikes and the Taliban responding with bombs, ambushes and raids.

The bomb in Kabul on Saturday was the latest in a spate of attacks in the city in which hundreds of people have been killed and wounded. The capital has been on high alert since a Taliban suicide bomber blew up an explosive-packed ambulance on a busy street on Jan.27, killing more than 100 people and wounding at least 235.A week earlier, militants killed more than 20 people, including four Americans, in an attack on one of the city´s top hotels. The Taliban claimed that attack too.

On Saturday, a bomber blew himself up on a road near the headquarters of Afghanistan´s NATO-led mission.  The identity of the casualties was not known, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish. Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility in a message on their Amaq news agency.


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