Taliban attacks kill 9 soldiers, policemen: Afghan officials

An Afghan man walks outside a voter registration center which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul Sunday

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said that among 57 people killed, 22 were women and eight were children. The staggering casualty toll - 57 dead and 119 wounded - underscored the struggles the government faces to rein in militant assaults even in large and well-protected urban centres. Local TV stations broadcast live footage of hundreds of distraught people gathered at nearby hospitals seeking word about loved ones.

It also became known that the responsibility for the awful blow to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has claimed the terrorist group "Islamic state".

The attack comes nearly a month after an IS suicide bomber carried out an attack near a Shiite shrine in Kabul that targeted attendees celebrating the Persian new year.

According to United Nations figures, more than 750 people have been killed or maimed in suicide attacks and bombings by militants during the three months to March.

India on Sunday condemned the terror attacks in Afghanistan and offered medical assistance.

Voter registration centres have been set up across Afghanistan in preparation for long-delayed parliamentary elections and there have been serious concerns that they could be targeted by attacks.

Two soldiers were wounded in that attack, in the Bala Buluk district.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in Farah, Mehri blamed the Taliban who are active and have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces.

"The Taliban said that "'Operation Al-Khandaq' will kick off across the country from Wednesday under which they will continue attacks on the Afghan and foreign forces, with "American invaders and their intelligence agents" as the primary target.

Both groups want to establish a harsh form of Islamic rule in Afghanistan, and are opposed to democratic elections.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, at least five people were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan province.

Durrani identified the slain commander as Halim Khanjar, police chief for the Char Bolak district.



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