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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.


Five US personnel injured fighting Islamic State

US personnel board a Chinook helicopter in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan in 2014 Credit: Reuters

Five US service personnel were injured while partnering with Afghan special forces in clearing areas controlled by Islamic State in Afghanistan, the U.S. military commander in that country has revealed.

Army General John Nicholson said two of the service members have been returned to duty, while three others were evacuated from Nangarhar province, but are "in good spirits."

Number of people dead in Kabul attack rises to 80

The number of people killed in a suicide attack on a peaceful demonstration in Kabul has climbed to 80 according to Afghanistan's interior ministry.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul. Credit: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

The ministry said in a statement that at least 231 people were also wounded.

A suicide bomber struck a protest march in Kabul by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community.

President Ashraf Ghani, who has condemned the blast, declared Sunday a day of national mourning.

I promise you I will take revenge against the culprits. I have ordered the attorney general to set up a commission to investigate this incident.

– Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani

At least 61 dead after Kabul protest suicide attack

The protest that was targeted Credit: Reuters

At least 61 people have died and 207 are wounded in a suspected suicide attack in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack targeting members of the country's Hazara Shi'ite Muslim minority at a large demonstration, the group's Amaq news agency reported.

"Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in... the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," Amaq said in a statement.

At least 10 dead in Kabul 'suicide' bomb attack

Demonstrators from Afghanistan's Hazara minority at a protest in Kabul Credit: Reuters

At least ten are dead after an explosion at a demonstration in Kabul apparently caused by a suicide bomber, interior ministry officials said.

Dozens are reported to be injured and there are fears the death toll may rise after the attacker struck a packed protest where people were demanding a change of the route of a power transmission line.


At least 27 killed in suicide attacks in Kabul

Afghan police stand guard after a suicide attack on a bus on Monday. Credit: Xinhua/Sipa USA

At least 27 people have been killed and over 40 injured after suicide bombers attacked buses on their way to Kabul, Afghanistan.

An official government spokesman said the buses were carrying newly graduated police cadets, but said further details were still being verified.

The bombings come just days after 14 Nepalese citizens were killed after a suicide bomber struck a minibus in the Afghan capital on Monday.

US drone strike on Taliban leader 'violation of Pakistan sovereignty'

Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015

The US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on Pakistani soil was a violation of sovereignty', Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has said.

The US did not inform Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before carrying out the strike, it added.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

President Obama authorised the strikes against Taliban leader.

The Pentagon previously branded Mansour "an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban" and said he was actively involved in planning attacks that threatened US, Afghan and allied forces.

Taliban leader was killed by a 'strike on his car'

Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike on his car, said the Chief Executive of Afghanistan.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

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