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Gunmen target UK’s Halo Trust in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province; 10 shot dead, dozens wounded

At least 10 mine clearers working for Halo Trust in Afghanistan’s northern province of Baghlan have been shot dead, and more than a dozen wounded. Afghan officials blamed the Taliban, saying militants “started shooting everyone” in the compound. Violence has surged since the US began to withdraw its last troops on 1 May. The departure […]

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Afghanistan: Roadside bomb hits university bus; At least 3 teachers dead, dozen more injured

At least three teachers have died and 15 more have been wounded after a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying university staff in Afghanistan. Professors from Al-Biruni university were travelling through Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, about 70km north of capital Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility. Afghanistan has seen increasing violence in recent […]

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Afghanistan: Multiple killed and injured in explosion at mosque near Kabul

At least 12 people were killed and several others were wounded in an explosion at a mosque on the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, police said. The blast happened during Friday prayers in Shakar Dara district on the second day of a three-day ceasefire agreed between the Afghan government and the Taliban on the occasion […]

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Afghanistan: 11 killed in multiple attacks on first day ceasefire with Taliban

At least 11 people were killed and 13 other wounded in four separate bombings in Afghanistan on Thursday, hours after a three-day ceasefire began across the country to mark the holy festival of Eid al-Fitr. A roadside bomb struck a car in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, killing five civilians, including a woman […]

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Afghan government forces launch offensive to re-capture Taliban area outside Kabul

Afghanistan’s security forces have launched an operation to recapture a Taliban-held district outside the capital Kabul. The battle for Nerkh district, which lies in Wardak province about 40km from Kabul, came on Wednesday, just before the start of a three-day ceasefire at midnight. Taliban have killed or captured some government soldiers on Tuesday and forced […]

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Afghanistan: Death toll in Kabul school bomb attack rises to 85

The death toll from the bomb attack which targeted school girls in Kabul on Saturday has risen to 85. Another 147 wounded people were wounded in the attack. A car bomb was detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada school, and two more bombs exploded when students rushed out in panic. The Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood where […]

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Blast near school in Afghanistan leaves at least 40 dead

An explosion west Kabul killed at least 40 people, many of them young students, Afghan government spokesperson said. The explosion hit near Syed Al-Shahda school, in the Shia majority neighbourhood of Dasht-e-Barchi, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. Arian said at least 52 people were injured in the blast. Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, spokesman for the […]

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Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam as fighting rages

The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam after months of fierce fighting in its former bastion of Kandahar, the group and officials said, as the US forces have begun the withdrawal of its troops from the country after 20 years. The Dahla Dam, which provides irrigation to farmers via a network of canals as well […]

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Afghanistan: Former talk show host assassinated in Kandahar city

Nemat Rawan, a former Afghan television journalist, was shot dead in southern Kandahar city on Thursday, officials said, becoming the fifth journalist to have been killed this year. Rawan hosted a popular talk show on the country’s leading broadcaster, Tolo News, before joining the ministry of finance as a communications specialist last month. He was […]

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Afghanistan fights back major Taliban offence as foreign troops withdraw

Afghan government forces fought back a Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province in the last 24 hours, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country after a missed United States’ deadline to withdraw troops. Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with […]

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Massive fuel truck fire rips through Kabul; 7 killed, 14 injured

A massive fire ripped through north of Afghan capital, Kabul killing seven people and injuring 14 others. The spokesman for the state interior ministry, Tariq Arian, said authorities were still investigating how the fire started, but he ruled out a “terrorist incident”. Arian said the fire began when a spark set a fuel tanker ablaze. […]

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Car bomb explosion kills 30 people in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province

At least 30 people were killed in a car bombing in Afghanistan, local officials say. The bomb went off late on Friday close to a guesthouse where the students were reportedly staying in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of eastern Logar province. Dozens of people were hurt. Witnesses described roofs collapsing and victims being trapped under the […]