Attacks kill 23 in Afghanistan

25 February, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • The site of the Kabul suicide attack was close to the NATO headquarters and the US embassy

At least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed on Saturday in the Bala Boluk district of western Farah province when Taliban fighters stormed an army checkpoint.

Noorzai said militants attacked a checkpoint in Bala Buluk district of Farah late on February 23 with the attack continuing into the morning of February 24. In a separate incident, three security personnel were killed in two suicide blasts in Helmand province, an official said.

It was in the Shash Darak area near the headquarters of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and not far from the U.S. Embassy.

At least 30 people have been killed in four attacks across three Afghan provinces, officials said Saturday.

A surge in suicide attacks and bombings in Afghanistan killed a record number of civilians - nearly 2,300 - last year, more than any previous year of the conflict on record, according to the United Nations.

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.

Xinhua reported that at least 22 soldiers have been killed.

String of deadly attacks in Afghanistan kills at least 24 people, incl. 20 soldiers

In December, a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near the same compound, killing at least six civilians.

The area is near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters, and is not far from the U.S. embassy.

Recently, US President Donald Trump authorized a troop surge in Afghanistan, a policy that had been tried out by former US president George W. Bush but had failed to end the Taliban militancy.

In a second suicide bombing attack near another military base in Helmand's capital city Lashkar Gah, one security person was killed and seven civilians wounded, Zwak said.

Islamic State's Afghan affiliate, which first appeared near the border with Pakistan in 2015, has become increasingly active and has claimed several recent attacks.

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.

Meanwhile, Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial assembly, told Anadolu Agency he has received reports that the Taliban militants were wearing night goggles during the assault.

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