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Afghanistan: 14 Nepali security guards killed in Kabul

Taliban claims responsibility for two of three blasts in Afghanistan, with 14 Nepali security guards among the dead.

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A wave of attacks in Afghanistan has killed at least 23 people, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for at least two of the blasts.

On Monday morning, at least 14 Nepali security guards were killed after a suicide bomber hit a minibus in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad, police said.

The attacker was on foot, police said, as they reported multiple casualties among the passengers who worked at the Canadian embassy.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, saying it was "against the forces of aggression" in Afghanistan.

Less than three hours later, another attack in eastern Kabul targeting a politician killed at least one, injured the MP and wounded five others. The Taliban also claimed that attack.

A security official said a magnetic bomb planted in the vehicle of MP Ataullah Faizani was detonated in the Chel Siton area.

A third attack - a motorcyle bomb blast at a market in the remote northeastern province of Badakshan - killed at least eight people and wounded 18, and it is feared the death toll will rise. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The bus bombing was the first attack in Kabul since the start of holy fasting month of Ramadan on June 6. More than 24 ambulances rushed to the scene.

The last attack in the Afghan capital on April 19 left 64 dead and more than 340 wounded.

That attack was claimed by the Taliban, which has fought the Western-backed Kabul government since the group were ousted from power by a US-led invasion in late 2001.


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