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Drone strike kills Taliban chief's son, 20 others

11 March, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • 20 TTP militants killed in US drone strike in Kunar

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility late Thursday for the outpost assault and the police slayings.

The group has not publicly responded to Ghani's invitation and previously said it would negotiate only with USA officials.

Security personnel carry human remains at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul.

A resurgent Taliban has been blamed for much of the increased violence in Afghanistan since United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces concluded combat missions in 2014.

At least seven people have been killed and seven others wounded after a suicide attack near a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said.

Friday's attack came less than two weeks after President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks in a country which has been at war for decades.

The event was attended by some of the country's top politicians, including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and his deputy Mohammad Mohaqiq, a senior Hazara figure.

Daesh terrorists and Taliban militants also massacred dozens of civilians, mostly Shia Hazaras, during an attack on a village in Afghanistan's northern province of Sar-e Pul last August.

The spokesperson for the Health Ministry, Wahid Majro, said several of the wounded were in critical condition and he feared the death toll could rise further. The insurgents launched a siege of an army outpost there, killing six soldiers and wounding five in a blistering, hourslong battle, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban says the son of their chief, Mullah Fazlullah, was among 21 "holy warriors" killed this week when missiles fired by a US drone struck a seminary in Afghanistan.

Information for this article was contributed by Maamoun Youssef and Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press.

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