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Taliban attack on checkpoint in northern Baghlan province kills 44

Heavy security presence outside Ghazni prison as clearance operations are underway Heavy security presence outside Ghazni prison as clearance operations are underway
Patty Aguilar | 15 August, 2018, 17:40

Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, denied the insurgents had been routed from Ghazni and said sporadic gun battles were still ongoing. He said 43 troops were killed and wounded in the attack but didn't give a breakdown.

Relatives mourn next to the coffins of policemen who were killed after a Taliban attack on a military outpost in Baghlan province, Afghanistan August 15, 2018. He claimed eight military Humvees were also seized.

Meanwhile, Afghan security forces on Tuesday pushed back the Taliban from Ghazni, the provincial capital of a province with the same name, and were trying to flush the insurgents from the city's outskirts.

Afghanistan has been reeling from a recent upsurge in militant violence, including a massive, days-long Taliban onslaught on the eastern city of Ghazni.

A suicide bombing killed and wounded scores of people Wednesday at an education center in a Shiite district of the Afghan capital, health officials said.

There was no immediate comment from the ministry of defence but officials in the area said nine police and 35 soldiers were killed in the attack, the latest in a series that have killed dozens of members of the security forces in provinces across Afghanistan.

An Afghan Army soldier keeps watch at a checkpoint in Ghazni.

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The Taliban's multipronged assault on the strategic city, about 75 miles from the capital of Kabul, began Friday.

The US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have launched air strikes and sent military advisers to aid Afghan forces as they fight for the city, which is just 120 kilometres from the capital, Kabul, and has a population of some 270,000 people.

In a short message on social media, the Taliban spokesman posted that the group's "mujahideen have no links with Kabul incident".

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was providing dressing packages and oral and intravenous medicine to treat the wounded, along with electricity generators and fresh water for about 18,000 people.

About 20 percent of the population in Ghazni depend on the city water system, which has been down since the beginning of fighting.

An Afghan official says Taliban attacks have killed four police in southern Zabul province. He blamed insurgents, saying the rockets they fire at Afghan security forces often harm civilians.

The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation formally concluded their combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014, but have since then repeatedly come to the aid of Afghan forces as they struggle to combat the resurgent Taliban.

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