The blast took place when the police were changing guards at a checkpoint outside an annual religious congregation, where nearly 80,000 people were in attendance. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility.
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At least 15 members of Afghanistan's security forces were killed and wounded as the insurgents overran a district headquarters in the country's western Farah province that borders Iran.
Taliban fighters attacked the Afghan troops who had assembled to prepare an attack in the western province of Farah in the night, setting off a fierce battle, officials said. An air strike was called in and killed at least 25 militants, he said.
Kabul has offered to recognise the Taliban, but the Taliban insists that it negotiates with the US. The US has refused and the deadlock remains. In the mean time, it is the civilians who suffer.
Health officials say at least 10 people were killed and over a dozen injured in the attack at a checkpoint in Kabul's Shia-majority area. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish says the bombing took place in the Qabil Bay area of Kabul where many expatriates reside. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest blast.
Meanwhile a suicide bomb attack claimed by Daesh has killed at least two persons in Afghan capital Kabul. Separate suicide bombing attacks by Taliban militants in Helmand province left three more security personnel dead.
Local authorities say the bomb went off as tribal elders gathered in a Jalalabad hotel, Nangarhar province, to discuss village problems. Both the Taliban and Afghanistan's Daesh affiliate are active in Nangarhar.
The figures come as militants ramp up their assaults on urban areas following US President Donald Trump's announcement last August that the American presence in Afghanistan will remain open-ended.
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