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Afghanistan: Suicide car bomber kills 18 people on the first day of Ramadan

 2017-05-27 13:48:47.0

Afghanistan: Suicide car bomber kills 18 people on the first day of Ramadan

Tahlka News Bureau

Kabul: Over 18 people were killed and six were injured including two children after suicide car bomb went off in Afghanistan city of Khost on Saturday during the first day of Ramadan.

In eastern Khost province, an attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, officials said.

However no group have so far claimed the responsibility for the Khandar attack, but it comes as Taliban insurgents step up their annual spring offensive.

The attack comes a day after 15 Afghan soldiers were killed when Taliban fighter attacked their base in Kandahar, in the third major insurgent assault this week on the military in the southern province.

The attacks mark another stringing blow for NATO-backed Afghan forces.

There have been concerns over battlefield losses of the Afghan forces, followed by large number of casualties and being blamed for corruption,desertion and 'ghost soldiers' who exit on the payroll but whose salaries are taken by fraudulent commanders.

Earlier, Taliban security outposts in southern Zabul province were attacked on Sunday after which they desperately made calls to Afghan television stations to seek attention because they were unable to contact senior authorities for help.

The plea for attention became embarrassment for the Western-backed government, highlighted the disarray insecurity ranks.

The Taliban their annual "spring offensive" in late April, hearing a surge in fighting as the US tries to craft a new Afghan strategy.

Taliban forces have increased their attacks in the weeks before Ramadan, with a string of strikes in Kandahar, Paktia and Helmand, among other provenience's. Ramadan has been marked typically by Muslims all around the world with fasting, prayers, and other observances, although the holy month can begin on different days as per geographical areas.


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