Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Death toll after Kabul attack reaches 60 people

Death toll after Kabul attack reaches 60 people

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 a year ago, which aims to force the militants into peace talks. Afghan political analyst Ahmad Saeedi said the Taliban appeared to consider America's rejection of the group's own request for direct peace talks with the USA in February as leaving them with "no other choice but to fight".

After repeated delays, the elections for parliament and district councils are due in October, putting officials under heavy pressure to complete the registration of 14 million voters and issue around 10 million new identity cards by the autumn to ensure credible participation levels.

The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, also claimed the insurgent group's fighters captured two soldiers during the battle in Farah on Tuesday.

Two hours after the tragedy in Kabul in Baghlan as the explosion occurred, which killed at least six people and wounding five others.

On April 23, Taliban militants attacks in western Afghanistan killed 18 soldiers and police officers. The Afghan government - busy grappling with the Taliban and securing a peace deal with the group - has been blindsided by this recent uptick in violence and it will take them some time to effectively recalibrate themselves again to this threat.

Sunday's suicide bombing targeted a population registration center in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul city, where dozens of people had gathered to apply for their ID documents in order to register to vote.

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

It has been a particularly deadly week in Afghanistan.

In a tragic day for Afghanistan, an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber killed at least 61 people including women and children and wounded 112 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, in yet another attack that targets the country's election preparations.

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