Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army post overnight on Friday, killing at least 18 soldiers, Afghanistan's defense ministry confirmed Saturday. "The army soldiers fought back the attackers but some 22 soldiers lost their lives after the fighting", Naser Mehri, spokesman of the provincial government, told Xinhua.
At least 30 people have been killed in four attacks across three Afghan provinces, officials said Saturday.
"We will work hard with our Afghan security counterparts and teammates to help protect the civilians of Afghanistan as much as possible", he said. The blast killed at least three people and wounded a half-dozen others, he said.
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Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street and raided a military compound in Kabul, killing more than 130 people. The NDS compound is located near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and the United States embassy.
In another attack, a person was killed in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul Kabul today.
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The attacks came as a high-level North Atlantic Treaty Organisation delegation visited Afghanistan, pledging support for President Ashraf Ghani's government, which on Wednesday hosts the latest in a series of diplomatic meetings aimed at laying the groundwork for a possible political process involving the Taliban. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) claimed responsibility in a message on its Amaq news mouthpiece.
The official said the casualty count could rise.
General John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would help authorities improve security in the capital as well as aiding Afghan forces in pressuring the insurgents with air strikes.
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"The aim behind opening of this office was to start official peace negotiations with the Taliban from the address, but so far no official negotiation from the office has been started with government".