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Dozens injured and 45 killed at Afghan sports match

At least 45 people have killed and dozens more injured at a sports tournament in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

The spokesman for the region said the attack happened at an inter-district volleyball tournament attended by large crowds in Yahyakhail district this afternoon.

There were too many people gathered in the one place to watch the game. Dozens of others are wounded and we have reports that many of them are in critical condition.

– Mokhis Afghan

Paktika, bordering Pakistan, is one of Afghanistan's most volatile regions where a Taliban-led insurgency is waging an intensifying war against the government in Kabul.

Today's attack is one of the deadliest so far this year at a time when attacks are escalating alongside a contentious election and the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani in September.

'Suicide bomber kills at least 40' at Afghanistan volleyball game

A suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people at a volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

Paktia provincial spokesman Mukhles Afghan said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Paktia province, where hundreds had gathered to watch a tournament final.

He said most of the casualties were civilians.


Two Afghan guards killed by truck bomb in Kabul

Two guards were killed in the bob which targeted a base for foreign forces. Credit: RTV

A truck bomb hit a base for foreign forces in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, killing two Afghan security guards, police said.

The Islamist Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by an American-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack at the base on the eastern outskirts of Kabul.

Tuesday's explosion targeted a foreign base in the Pul-e-Charkhi district in eastern Kabul.

Afghan women's rights advocate survives suicide attack on her vehicle

An outspoken Afghan female politician survived a suicide attack on her vehicle this morning but three civilian bystanders were killed, a police spokesman said.

Shukria Barakzai became a women's rights activist after being persecuted by the Taliban and later won a seat in the Afghan parliament. Credit: Reuters

Member of parliament Shukria Barakzai is a women's rights advocate and a close ally of new President Ashraf Ghani.

Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul's police chief, said Barakzai was slightly wounded in the attack but was in good condition.

He said three civilians were killed and more than 10 were wounded.


Taliban insurgents kill 22 soldiers and police in ambush

An official has said Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security forces in a mountainous area of northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 22 soldiers and police.

The convoy was travelling through Laghman Valley in Sar-e-Pul province. Credit: Google Maps

The Taliban fighters attacked from the mountains as the convoy was travelling through Laghman Valley in Sar-e-Pul province, Gov. Abdul Jabar Haqbeen said. "Twelve army and police vehicles are totally destroyed," Haqbeen said.

Eight security forces were wounded and seven were taken captive by the insurgents.

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