Afghanistan: At least one killed and six injured in a blast

Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan

Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan

At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in the western Farah province of Afghanistan.

"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 said.

Taliban spokesperson Qari Yusouf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the Helmand and Farah attacks.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Kabul attack took place in the Shash Darak area near North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and not far from the U.S. Embassy.

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

In a statement posted on February 24 on the website of its news agency Aamaq, IS said the attack was carried out by a bomber with an explosive vest and targeted the gate of the headquarters of the Afghan intelligence service.

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

"I was driving nearby when I heard a big explosion, the windows of my vehicle were smashed". The Islamic State group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Kabul has been on high alert since that attack.

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Also on Saturday, at least one civilian was killed and eight were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a car-bomb in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand, said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Those attacks killed two soldiers and wounded about a dozen civilians, including women and children, according to regional and hospital officials.

The ministry of interior also said six other people were wounded, two of whom are in critical condition.

A second auto bomber targeted an NDS compound near a police headquarters in Helmand's provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

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