At least 23 dead in series of attacks in Aghanistan

25 February, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Diane Mills
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Afghan officials said a suicide bomber has killed two security personnel and wounded seven in an attack in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

"The fighting between the Taliban and the army continued for more than two hours", he said.

Also on Saturday, a auto bomb attack in Helmand province killed at least one person and wounded eight others, according to a spokesman for the provincial governor. "We have sent more reinforcements to the area", defence ministry spokesman Daulat Wazir said. Danish said the initial casualty count could rise. Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message carried by its Amaq news agency.

Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the Helmand governor confirmed the bombing, adding that the three people injured had been taken to hospitals.

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

An official of the Farah provincial council Dadullah Qani said that the attack started at about 2:00 am in Shakh-i-Bala Kansk area of Bala Block district and at least 20 soldiers were killed.

In Helmand province, two soldiers were killed in a auto bomb attack at the entrance of the army base in Nad Aali district today.

Afghan security personnel examine the site of a car bomb attack in Lashkar Gah on Saturday

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 30 people have been killed in four attacks across three Afghan provinces, officials said Saturday. Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for both attacks. The NDS compound is located near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and the U.S. embassy.

Rahim Faiez is an Associated Press writer.

Xinhua reported that at least 22 soldiers have been killed.

Earlier this month, around 50 fresh Italian troops arrived to improve the security situation in the Farah province, where several districts are home to a significant number of active militants.

They also raise questions about U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy for winning America's longest war, which was announced in August but has changed little on the ground. However, it remains unknown what that plan entails, as the city of five million already has numerous checkpoints and vehicle restrictions.

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