Taliban militants attack Afghan army post in Farah killing 18 soldiers


In the worst incident, Taliban militants stormed an army post in the western province of Farah, killing 22 soldiers.

"Militants numbered hundreds attacked an army camp in Kanesk area of Bala Buluk district Friday night".

The attacker detonated the bomb after soldiers and intelligence officers stopped him at a checkpoint, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

The Daesh terrorist group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Waziri said he had no more details of the attack.

At least one person was killed and six wounded in what the ministry suspects was a suicide bombing, the 1TV television channel reported. The blast killed at least three people and wounded a half-dozen others, he said.

The area lies close to the NATO's headquarters and not far from the American Embassy.

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Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley, reporting from Kabul, said that the Kabul attack "particularly shows that ISIL is still active and capable of launching attacks".

Two Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and as many militants have been killed during a clash in northern Kunduz province.

Violence has intensified in Afghanistan since US President Donald Trump unveiled a more aggressive strategy in August with US-led forces carrying out more air strikes and the Taliban responding with bombs, ambushes and raids.

The Taliban claimed both attacks in Helmand.

Kabul has started discussions with the Qatari government to close the Taleban's office in Doha as it has had "no positive effect in terms of facilitating the peace talks with the group in Afghanistan", a senior government official has said.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

"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".