23 Killed In Multiple Afghanistan Attacks, Islamic State And Taliban Claim Responsibility

| February 25 , 2018 , 14:56 IST

A total of 23 people, consisting of mostly soldiers, and 21 others were wounded in 4 attacks/bombings in Afghanistan on Saturday. The biggest attack of Saturday on an Army base was claimed by the Taliban, as well as two suicide car bombing attacks, while a suicide bomber attack in Kabul was claimed by the Islamic State.

At least 18 soldiers were killed and 2 were wounded when a large group of militants attacked an army base in the western province of Farah overnight. The attack was claimed by Taliban.

"Last night a big group of militants attacked an army base in Bala Buluk district of Farah. Unfortunately, we lost 18 soldiers, two soldiers were wounded. We have sent more reinforcements to the area," defence ministry spokesman Daulat Wazir was quoted by AFP as saying.

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Another 3 people were killed and 5 others wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of Kabul during morning rush hour. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State militant group, which is attempting to expand its footprint in the war-torn nation.

"At around 8.30 am, a suicide bomber on foot, well-dressed with a necktie on, was identified at a checkpoint. He blew up his explosives, killing three and wounding five others," deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said to AFP.

A total of 2 soldiers were killed and 7 wounded when militants used a Humvee military light truck to attack an army base in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Saturday, which was destroyed when it was identified by soldiers and hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Provincial spokesman Omar Zawak told AFP, "unfortunately, two soldiers were killed in the attack and seven wounded."

In a second suicide car bombing attack that took place in provincial capital Lashkar Gah, 7 people were wounded when the attack took place near a police headquarters in the city. Both of the suicide car bombings were claimed by the Taliban.  

Afghanistan soldiers have been hit with "shocking" casualties since international forces withdrew their combat role in the nation at the end of 2014.