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Multiple attacks in Afghanistan leave many dead

25 February 2018

Taliban militants have attacked an Afghan army post and killed 18 government soldiers, the defence ministry said on Saturday, while a suicide bomber in the capital killed one person and wounded six. Three people were killed and five others wounded in the bombing, which occurred in Kabul's Shashdarak area near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters, deputy interior ministry spokesperson Nusrat Rahimi said, as cited by TOLO News.

The Taliban, which has increased their violent attacks across the country, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"We will work hard with our Afghan security counterparts and teammates to help protect the civilians of Afghanistan as much as possible", he said.

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At least 23 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan today, the latest in a series of assaults in the war-torn country. Unfortunately, we lost 18 soldiers, two soldiers were wounded.

Afghanistan has seen rampant instability since the 2001 invasion of the country by a United States-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coalition, which ousted a Taliban regime at the time. The NDS compound is located near North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and the U.S. embassy.

Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street and raided a military compound in Kabul, killing more than 130 people.

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The Taliban control large swathes of Afghanistan - but IS militants hold sway in a much smaller number of districts.

Responsibility for the latter two bombings were yet to be claimed by any group.

Kabul has started discussions with the Qatari government to close the Taleban's office in Doha as it has had "no positive outcome in terms of facilitating the peace talks with the group in Afghanistan", a senior government official has said.

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Violence has been on the rise as the Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces in the past three years.

Multiple attacks in Afghanistan leave many dead