Afghanistan: Separate Taliban ambushes kill at least 16 security personnel

Glen Norman
April 23, 2018

Sunday's attack was Kabul's deadliest since at least 100 people were killed in a district full of government buildings and embassies in January.

On April 22, an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in the capital, Kabul, killing 57 people. "All the victims were civilians and women and children are among them", Najib Danish, interior ministry spokesman, posted on Facebook.

In violence elsewhere in Afghanistan, four policemen were killed and three were wounded on Monday in a Taliban attack in western Farah province, in Bala Buluk district, according to Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Both groups launch attacks regularly, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces, and IS attacking the country's Shiite minority.

The government has set up more than 7,000 centers across the country to handle some 10 million voter registrations for upcoming elections.

Some worry that the attack could lead the public - who are already concerned for safety at polling stations and tired of voting because of past fraudulent elections - to not turn out in October.

An Afghan man walks outside a voter registration centre, which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul. "The tolls could still rise", he added.

The attack comes nearly a month after an ISIL suicide bomber carried out an attack near a Shiite shrine in Kabul that targeted attendees celebrating the Persian new year.

There have already been at least four attacks on such centres since voter registration got under way a week ago.

Among the victims of the attack, which the terrorist Daesh group claimed responsibility, were 21 women and five children.

"We hope the security forces prevent such terrorist attacks in future so that people can register to vote in a peaceful environment", Daulati told a meeting broadcast by Ariana TV.

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