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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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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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United States orders non-essential staff in Kabul embassy to leave

The United States ordered non-essential staff in its Kabul embassy to leave, citing increased threats as Washington prepares to end its 20-year war in Afghanistan. The order came two weeks after President Joe Biden announced that US troops, currently about 2,500, would leave the country by September. Meanwhile, Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan, […]

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US, NATO troops begin preparations for withdrawal from Afghanistan

The commander of foreign military in Afghanistan claimed ‘local actions’ begun as part of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, about two weeks after US President Joe Biden announced all US forces would leave by September 11. US Army General Scott Miller on Sunday said foreign military bases would be gradually handed […]

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Multiple attacks kill at least 22 people in Afghanistan

At least 22 people were killed in attacks across five Afghan provinces over the past 24 hours. In capital Kabul, unknown gunmen killed four policemen, a university lecturer, and a government employee in three separate incidents, police spokesman Ferdows Faramarz said on Saturday. Two of the incidents happened on Saturday while the third one took […]

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Kabul: Bus ferrying Afghan government employees to work bombed, 4 dead

Four people were killed and nine wounded when a bomb hit a bus carrying Afghan government employees in Kabul on Thursday. The blast hit a bus which was rented by the Afghan Ministry of Information and Technology to transport employees, said Abdul Samad Hamid Poya, a ministry adviser. No one claimed immediate responsibility for the […]

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‘Talibanising’: Backlash forces Afghan authorities to overturn ban on girls singing in public

After facing a public backlash Afghan education officials overturned the ban on women singing in public. Schoolgirl choirs are a regular feature of official Afghan events, but when education authorities in the capital Kabul banned the participation of girls over the age of 12 and this prompted an immediate backlash. The order raised fears that […]

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Afghanistan: Three women working for TV station shot dead

Three women working for a TV station in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city were shot dead. The women, reportedly between 18-20 were killed in two separate but co-ordinated attacks. A fourth was critically hurt. Police say they arrested the lead gunman, linking him to the Taliban. The group deny any involvement. A wave of killings has rocked […]

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At least five killed in a string of explosions in Afghan capital Kabul

Three explosions rocked Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killing at least five people and injuring two others. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the first two explosions took place 15 minutes apart and a third targeting a police vehicle occurred two hours later. No group has immediately claimed responsibility. Kabul police said investigations were underway. […]

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Gunmen shoot dead two women judges of the Afghan Supreme Court

Two women judges working for the Afghan Supreme Court have been shot dead. Gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed them on their way to work on Sunday morning and drove off, the incident also wounded their drivers. A crowd gathered at the scene as shattered glass and a trail of blood lay on the road. The murdered […]

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Magnetic bomb attached to car explodes in Kabul, 5 dead

At least five people died including four doctors after a magnetic bomb attached to their car exploded in the Afghanistan capital, Kabul. The doctors were heading to the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, located on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, which hosts hundreds of Taliban fighters, according to Kabul police. It was not immediately clear if the doctors were […]

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Kabul deputy governor killed after bomb attached to his car EXPLODES

The deputy governor of the Afghan capital, Kabul has been killed in an attack, security forces have said. Mahboobullah Mohebi and his secretary both died on Tuesday when a ‘sticky bomb’ attached to their car exploded. No group has yet said it was behind the attack. It is the latest in a spate of killings. […]