Taliban Launches Annual Spring Offensive in Afghanistan amid Spike in Attacks

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

Kabul: 16 security personnel killed in separate Taliban attack

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.

The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles.

24 de abril de 2018, 12:40Kabul, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) A new wave of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan killed at least 11 Afghan soldiers and policemen today, officials said, the latest in a particularly deadly week of assaults by terrorists.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said tens of others were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll.

However, the announcement underlines the risk to parliamentary and district council elections due to be held in October as efforts to register voters in remote areas of Afghanistan get under way.

The militants, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law to Afghanistan, said the campaign was a response to a more aggressive U.S. military strategy adopted past year, which aims to force the militants into peace talks.

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Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent a recent surge in attacks both by the local Islamic State affiliate as well as the more firmly established Taliban.

Both groups want to establish a strict form of Islamic rule in Afghanistan and are opposed to democratic elections. "If they can't, someone else should be in their place", said a Ms Sajeda, who was wounded in the blast along with three other members of her family as they lined up for their cards. Anguish quickly turned to anger on social media as Afghans blamed the Kabul government for failing to protect its people - a constant refrain after such attacks.

The Taliban routinely target security forces and government officials with roadside bombs, which often end up killing civilians.

In eastern Nangarhar province's Chaparhar district, militants killed three university students yesterday, said Attaullah Khogyani, the governor's spokesman.

Durrani identified the slain commander as Halim Khanjar, police chief for the Char Bolak district. Al Khandaq will mainly focus on "crushing, killing and capturing American invaders and their supporters", the Taliban said.

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