Kabul: 16 security personnel killed in separate Taliban attack

Afghan Leaders Admit Civilians Were Killed in Anti-Taliban Bombing

The bomber blew himself up on Sunday morning in a large crowd queueing to collect national ID certificates so they could register to vote in long-delayed legislative elections scheduled for October.

Officials on Tuesday announced that 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in a series of Taliban attacks across the country. On Tuesday, gunmen attacked a voter registration centre in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bomb, but Western and Afghan officials suspect IS receives assistance from other groups, including the Taliban's Haqqani Network, to carry out attacks. The attacks came on the heels of yesterday's suicide blast in Kabul. He said 119 people were wounded, among them 17 children and 52 women, and "the tolls could still rise".

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed government, which has pledged to hold parliamentary elections this year.

Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent attacks by the local Islamic State affiliate as well as the more firmly established Taliban since the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. Both groups regularly carry out attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces and IS targeting the country's Shiite minority.

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Earlier yesterday, insurgents killed at least four members of the local police force and wounded seven in eastern Ghazni province.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called for those responsible to be brought to justice, in a statement from his spokesman in NY. Mehri said six Taliban fighters were killed and three others were wounded in the battle, which lasted several hours.

The Taliban there targeted the local police security post in the province's district of Jaghatu, said Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor.

The latest violence comes as U.S. and the Afghan troops have been conducting counter-terrorism operations and airstrikes across Afghanistan, including in Nangarhar, to root out IS and prevent the group from expanding its footprint in the country.

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