The start of Afghanistan's election season was marred by deadly violence, just hours after President Ashraf Ghani insisted "peace is coming" to the war-torn nation.
Meanwhile, around 100 Afghan soldiers fled their posts and tried to cross into neighbouring Turkmenistan during a weeklong battle with the Taliban in the western Badghis province.
In another unclaimed attack, a sticky bomb attached to a military vehicle went off in a market in the northern Baghlan province, wounding 13 civilians.
Afghan forces are struggling to combat a resurgent Taliban since the US and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.
The Taliban attacked a provincial Afghan police headquarters in Paktia province, a district centre in neighbouring Ghazni province, and a government compound in Farah province, killing over 60 people in the east, south and west of the country.
The first explosion, carried out by a suicide bomber, was quickly followed by a second, caused by a car bomb parked near the same site. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
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