Afghanistan: 23 killed, dozens wounded in wave of terror attacks
At least 23 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of terror attacks in the war-torn country.
In the biggest attack, Taliban terrorists stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
In another attack, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the diplomatic area of Kabul during the morning rush hour, killing at least three people and wounding five others.
A security source who requested not to be named said the explosion happened near a compound belonging to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency. The NDS compound is located near the NATO headquarters and the US embassy.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
In two other terror attacks on Saturday in the southern Helmand province, suicide car bombs killed at least two soldiers and wounded more than a dozen others, officials said.
In the first incident, terrorists used a Humvee to attack an army base in Nad Ali district but the vehicle was destroyed when soldiers identified it and hit it with a rocket propelled grenade.
The Nad Ali attack was followed by a second suicide car bombing in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah that wounded seven people.
The attack was against an NDS compound and near a police headquarters in the city, Helmand police spokesman Salaam Afghan told AFP.
The Taliban claimed both attacks in Helmand.
Terrorists including the Taliban and ISIS have stepped up their attacks on Afghan troops and police in recent months.
Afghan soldiers have taken what the UN describes as “shocking” casualties since international forces ended their combat role at the end of 2014, though troop casualty figures are no longer released.