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At least 30 killed in four insurgent attacks across Afghanistan

Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul Afghanistan Saturday Feb. 24 2018. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's attack in the Shash Darak At least 30 killed in four insurgent attacks across Afghanistan
Patty Aguilar | 25 February, 2018, 05:32

At least two soldiers were killed in the incident.

One person was killed and 10 others wounded after a Taliban fighter rammed a auto bomb into a provincial intelligence agency's office in the principal capital of Lashkar Gah city.

Meanwhile, 25 Afghan army members died after Taliban militants attacked their checkpoint in Bala Buluk district of western Farah province late Friday evening with the attack continuing into early Saturday morning, Khair Mohammad Noorzai, a provincial council member from Farah, told dpa.

The identity of the casualties was not known, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

It comes just one month after Taliban gunmen killed 20 people at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, in an assault which led to a 12-hour standoff between gunmen and security forces. The instability has persisted in the country since the United States launched a military operation on October 7, 2001 to defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks.

At least five people, including two assailants, were killed and 11 others wounded in two separate suicide auto bombings in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand on Saturday morning, provincial officials said.

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Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.

The Afghan army and US-led coalition forces continue to battle the Taliban for the control of areas in the country but the security situation has been deteriorating.

The bombing took place near the US Embassy and other Afghan and global institutions.

In another attack in the province, a suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army post killing two soldiers and wounding one, Zwak said.

The Nad Ali attack was followed by a second suicide vehicle bombing in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah that wounded seven people.

Also Saturday at a checkpoint in Kabul on the edge of the Green Zone, a suicide attacker detonated explosives.

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