World Suicide bomber strikes in Afghan capital, 12 killed

11:40  22 april  2018
11:40  22 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

14 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan's Ghazni province

  14 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan's Ghazni province Fourteen people including a district governor were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan's southeastern Ghazni province Thursday, the head of security for the province said. The Taliban claim to have taken control of key parts of the Khwaja Omari district, but provincial officials deny that.The attack began at about 2 a.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday) when Taliban fighters attacked the district and police headquarters in Khwaja Omari district, said the Ghazni provincial governor's spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing 12 people and wounding 31 days before the start of a holiday cease-fire with the Taliban.

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing 57 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

An Afghan man walks outside a voter registration center, which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)© The Associated Press An Afghan man walks outside a voter registration center, which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, officials said.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 57 people were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards.

The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles. Police blocked all roads to the blast site, with only ambulances allowed in.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan at near-record level this year, according to U.N. report

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing 12 people and wounding 31 days before the start of a holiday cease-fire with the Taliban.

Local TV stations broadcast live footage of hundreds of distraught people gathered at nearby hospitals seeking word about loved ones.

The Taliban, who usually claims their attacks, denied involvement. That indicates that the bombing was carried out by a local Islamic State affiliate, which has been behind past bombings in Kabul that targeted civilians. Both groups are opposed to democratic elections.

Afghanistan will hold parliamentary elections in October.

Last week, three police officers responsible for guarding voter registration centers in two Afghan provinces were killed by militants, according to authorities.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a district police chief in the northern Balkh province died of his wounds after being shot Saturday during a gunbattle with insurgents, according to Sher Jan Durrani, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Balkh. He said around a dozen insurgents were also killed in the battle, which is still underway.

Durrani identified the slain commander as Halim Khanjar, police chief for the Char Bolak district.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing.

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