Car bombing kills four security members and eight civilians as Taliban attack convoy of country's main intelligence agency in Paghman district west of capital Kabul, officials say.
Taliban says only civilians died in Helmand province raid but government officials say 16 fighters were also killed. Separately, Taliban attacked a Kabul-based security firm, killing 10 and wounding 19 others, "in response to air strikes."
The ambush took place on Sunday afternoon in western Farah province, Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council, says. Four policemen, including the deputy provincial police chief, were wounded in the attack near Lash wa Juwayn district.
Afghan authorities say they're struggling to identify group behind Tuesday's attack on clerics that killed dozens and wounded around 95 others. Taliban has denied responsibility and Daesh hasn't issued any statement yet.
Dozens of people were wounded in the attack, health ministry spokesman says, which targeted top clerics in Kabul, gathered at a wedding hall to mark Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
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The explosion comes as Afghan security forces have been suffering scores of casualties in heavy fighting with Taliban militants in two provinces. In Ghazni province, at least 25 Afghan elite commandos were reported dead.
Afghan forces deployed to beat back Taliban fighters in Ghazni province, heavily populated by minority Hazaras, raising fears of sectarian violence. The escalation comes as Afghan government and Taliban meet for first direct peace talks in Moscow.
Police spokesman Basir Mujahid said the blast hit a vehicle carrying staff of Pul Charkhi prison.
Police officials say over a dozen people were also wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside a police compound in Wardak province. Meanwhile, Afghans are voting in delayed Kandahar poll despite Taliban attack risk.
Pakistan has tried to remain neutral as Syria, Yemen and the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar have inflamed tensions in the Middle East. Pakistan is now finding out it may no longer be able to sit on the sidelines.
The United Nations, which has been supporting the process, has urged Afghans to "use this opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote" and called for the election to take place in a safe and secure environment.
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