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At least 14 people killed in attack on shrine in Kabul

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of the attack in Kabul. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

At least 14 people have been killed and another 26 injured after an attack at a Shia Muslim shrine in the west of Kabul on Tuesday night.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed that the attack was carried out by one person using an automatic rifle and grenade.

The Kart-e-Sakhi shrine is an important religious site for Shia Muslims. Many were praying when the attack occurred as Wednesday marks the holy day of Ashura.

Jamshed, a Kabul resident who witnessed the attack, said the assailant was wearing a police uniform.

He said: "I was selling bread at the gate of the shrine, and then someone came over and placed a package five meters away from me. He was wearing a police uniform, carrying an AK-47.

"He fired a few rounds first, but did not hit anyone. Then he shot a soldier. The soldier fell to the ground dead. He then fired at me, I just dropped my things and fled."

Thirteen civilians and one police officer have been confirmed dead.

Military police arrived at the scene quickly and shot dead the attacker.

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US service personnel injured by IED in Afghanistan

Two US service officers have been injured by a roadside bomb, a defence official has said.

The pair were on routine patrol near Jalalabad Airfield Credit: Reuters

The pair were on a "normal security patrol" near Jalalabad Airfield in Nangarhar province when their vehicle hit the improvised explosive device (IED).

They were taken to Jalalabad Airfield for treatment. Their condition is not known.

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IS leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed in drone strike

The leader of the so-called Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike, according to an Afghan official.

Hafiz Saeed Khan had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State Credit: Reuters

Hafiz Saeed Khan, along with a number of senior commanders and fighters, was said to have been hit in an eastern Afghan province.

A former member of the Pakistani branch of the Taliban who later swore allegiance to IS, Khan had also been reported killed last year, but the death was never confirmed.

Omar Zakhilwal, Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan, told reporters the fatal strike had taken place on July 26.

I can confirm that ISIS Khurasan leader Hafiz Saeed Khan along with his senior commanders and fighters died in a US drone strike on July 26 in Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangharhar province.

– Omar Zakhilwal, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan

Pentagon spokesperson Gordon Trowbridge confirmed Khan's death.

The death is a blow to the efforts of so-called Islamic State to expand from its heartlands in Syria and Iraq, and into Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Taliban truck explosion rocks Afghan capital

Afghan policemen keep watch near the site of the blast Credit: Reuters

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound in Kabul early Monday morning, after an explosion was heard from all over the capital.

Four heavily armed attackers were fighting on the side of the Northgate Hotel, a security official said.

The Hotel is a secure residential compound for foreign military and civilian organisations.

Afghan authorities have not given an indication of any casualties as yet.

The attack comes a week after so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at a protest in the city, which killed at least 80 people.

The Taliban, which says it wants to avoid civilian casualties, said the compound was not near homes and that ordinary civilians were not harmed.

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