Eleven dead, dozens injured as bus conveying pilgrims sets off landmine in southern Afghanistan

At least 11 pilgrims including seven children were killed and on Monday when their vehicle set off a landmine in southern Afghanistan, local government and health officials said. The blast happened in the Khakrez district of Kandahar province at around midday, said Hayatullah Hayat, a spokesman for Kandahar’s governor. A senior health official said 22… Read More Eleven dead, dozens injured as bus conveying pilgrims sets off landmine in southern Afghanistan

Taliban militants kill government militiamen as talks advance into critical stage

Taliban militants killed at least 26 members of a pro-government militia in north Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, as the militants and U.S. negotiators prepared for a new round of peace talks in Qatar. The U.S. officials and the Islamist militants are due to launch a seventh round of talks later on Saturday, in what… Read More Taliban militants kill government militiamen as talks advance into critical stage

Five killed, scores injured following car bomb attack in Afghanistan

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a car bomb attack near a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul that killed five people, including an Indian national. The bombing sparked international condemnation as efforts increase to strike a peace deal with the Islamic insurgents to end more than 17 years of war. More than… Read More Five killed, scores injured following car bomb attack in Afghanistan

Dozens killed as militants attack government building in Afghanistan

Afghan authorities on Tuesday collected 43 bodies from a government compound in the capital Kabul that was targeted by a suicide bomber and extremists armed with assault rifles on Monday, officials said. The attack began when the suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car in front of a government building that houses a public welfare… Read More Dozens killed as militants attack government building in Afghanistan

Twenty soldiers killed as Taliban militants attack border post in western Afghanistan

Taliban militants attacked a border outpost in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 20 government soldiers in the latest assault likely to compound fears that the security forces are facing an unsustainable casualty toll. Sparsely populated Farah, on the border with Iran, has seen months of heavy fighting, with hundreds police and soldiers killed. The Taliban… Read More Twenty soldiers killed as Taliban militants attack border post in western Afghanistan

Thirteen Afghan security forces killed as Taliban militants attack checkpoint in Kabul

The Taliban launched an attack early on Monday on a newly established joint Afghan army and police checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least 13 soldiers and policemen, according to a provincial official. Afghan reinforcements were subsequently dispatched to the site of the attack in Khogyani district but were repeatedly ambushed along the way.… Read More Thirteen Afghan security forces killed as Taliban militants attack checkpoint in Kabul

Dozens killed as army helicopter crash, suicide bomb attack rocks Afghanistan

An Afghan army helicopter carrying senior officials crashed in the western Farah province early Wednesday, killing all 25 people on board. Naser Mehdi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the chopper crashed around 9:10 a.m. shortly after taking off from the mountainous Anar Dara district and heading for nearby Herat province. He said the… Read More Dozens killed as army helicopter crash, suicide bomb attack rocks Afghanistan

Top Afghan police chief Gen. Abdul Razeq killed as security personnel opens fire at meeting venue

Gen. Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan’s most powerful security officials, was killed on Thursday when a bodyguard opened fire following a meeting in the governor’s compound in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said. Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan who had been at the meeting with Razeq only moments earlier, was… Read More Top Afghan police chief Gen. Abdul Razeq killed as security personnel opens fire at meeting venue