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Student bus targeted amid deadly wave of Kabul bombings

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Authorities say two bombs planted by the side of the road went off just as people rushed to help victims in the aftermath of the first bombing

4 Afghans killed, 4 U.S. troops wounded in Kabul suicide blast

May 31, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The blast, claimed by the Taliban, occurs around 8:40 am (0410 GMT) when an explosives-laden vehicle drives into the convoy travelling in eastern Kabul, according to interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi

U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Taliban overruns international NGO office in Kabul attack

May 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The attack comes as the US and Taliban representatives continue negotiations in Qatar aimed at bringing an end to the nearly 18-year-old conflict, while fighting continues to rage across Afghanistan

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The loya jirga is being held as the US and Taliban are discussing a possible foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a permanent ceasefire and various Taliban pledges

LOYA JIRGA. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019, Afghan people attend the first day of the 'loya jirga' (grand assembly) in Kabul. File photo by STR/AFP

Suicide bombers attack Afghan ministry in downtown Kabul

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The presidential palace says in a statement, 'The enemies of Afghanistan have conducted a terrorist attack'

ATTACKED. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Afghan communication ministry as an attack between Afghan forces and attackers is still going on in central Kabul on April 20, 2019. Photo by AFP

Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with U.S.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as 'puppets'

TALKS. This file photo shows participants attending the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Mortar attack on major political gathering in Kabul kills 3

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The attack claimed by the Islamic State group represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm

AFTERMATH. The Afghan relatives of a blast victim fight with a hospital security guard (C) who was restricting access of people trying to get inside Isteqlal Hospital following explosions that struck a large ceremony in Kabul on March 7, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Taliban claim Kabul truck bomb attack, warn more to follow

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:48 PM

In a grim message, the militants vow to carry out more attacks in the city in direct response to the recent appointment of former spymaster and anti-Taliban veteran Amrullah Saleh as interior minister

AFTERMATH. Afghan relatives and medical staff wait for victims outside a hospital's entrance gate after a car bomb exploded near a foreign compound, in Kabul on January 14, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

At least 43 killed in Kabul government compound attack

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:17 PM

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the raid, which caps a bloody year for Afghanistan

KABUL ATTACK. An Afghan policeman stands guard near the entrance gate of the Ministry of Public Works a day after a deadly militant attack in Kabul on December 25, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

At least 40 killed in suicide attack on Kabul religious gathering

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Some 40 people are killed and 60 wounded in the blast in Kabul which targeted a gathering of religious leaders to mark the Prophet Mohammad's birthday

CITY UNDER SIEGE. An Afghan woman wearing a burqa walks at the Wazir Akbar Khan hilltop overlooking Kabul in this file photo. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Nearly 170 casualties as violence rocks chaotic Afghan elections

Oct 20, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Taliban says it has carried out more than 300 attacks on the 'fake election' across the war-torn country

ELECTIONS. Afghan women wait in line to vote at a polling center for the country's legislative election in Herat province on October 20, 2018. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

3 million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food – U.N.

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:02 PM

A dry spell mainly across northern and western Afghanistan has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes

This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 Afghan children collecting firewood for their family on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif. / AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN

Twin blasts turn regular Kabul wrestling session into massacre

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The double bombing kills at least 26 people and is widely condemned by Afghan and foreign officials

BOMBING. Sandals are seen laying on the ground along the street near the site of a suicide attack, after a blast that targeted wrestlers during a training session at the Maiwand Club, in Kabul on September 6, 2018. Photo by Wakil Koshar/AFP

Philippines condemns Kabul school terror attack

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The Philippines joins the international community in the call for all parties in Afghanistan to 'adhere to and respect humanitarian principles,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai: 'In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured.' Most, he added, were students.

SUICIDE ATTACK. An Afghan resident (R) weeps for his relative following a suicide attack in Kabul on August 15, 2018.  Photo by AFP

3 wounded as rockets are fired into Kabul

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) The rockets landed in residential areas 'near the mountains in PD5 (police district)' in the west of Kabul, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai says. It is not clear if a nearby police academy was the intended target.

Kabul suicide attack death toll rises to 23

Jul 23, 2018 - 2:45 PM

At least 107 others are wounded in Sunday's powerful explosion

SUICIDE BOMBING. Afghan security forces place victims on the back of a pickup truck following a suicide attack in Kabul on July 22, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Suicide attack at Kabul airport leaves 11 dead, 14 wounded

Jul 22, 2018 - 8:59 PM

(UPDATED) The return of Afghanistan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, a powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former warlord, comes amid violent protests in several provinces

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7 dead in suicide attack at Afghan ministry – officials

Jul 15, 2018 - 9:18 PM

(UPDATED) It is the second time in just over a month that the ministry has been targeted by militants

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Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Kabul – Afghan official

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The visit follows an unprecedented ceasefire during Eid last month, when the Islamic holiday was marked by spontaneous street celebrations involving Afghan security forces and Taliban militants

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Bodybuilding: The pursuit of beauty in war-torn Kabul

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The sport has a long tradition in Afghanistan, and was even tolerated by the Taliban when they ruled the country from 1996-2001 – so long as the men wore long trousers as they lifted

BEEFCAKE. This file photo shows an Afghan bodybuilder posing after competing in a bodybuilding and fitness contest in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:04 PM

The ceasefire will last 'from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr,' Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12-19

RAMADHAN. In this photo taken on June 5, 2018, Afghan Shiite Muslim worshippers hold holy Quran as they pray during the Laylat al-Qadr at a mosque in Herat province. Photo by Hoshang Hashimi/AFP

Suicide blast near gathering of top clerics in Kabul – officials

Jun 04, 2018 - 3:51 PM

'Our initial information shows that the suicide attack took place when guests were exiting the hall" where the meeting was taking place at around 11.30 am (0700 GMT),' police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai tells local broadcaster Tolo News

Outrage after bloody day for Afghan journalists

May 01, 2018 - 5:22 PM

A double suicide blast in Kabul left 25 people dead including AFP photographer Shah Marai and 8 other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack

BURIAL. Prayers are said before the burial of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty /pool/AFP

When hope is gone – AFP's Shah Marai in his own words

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among the journalists killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital. One tribute to his commitment comes in his own words: an essay from 2016 that he wrote for the AFP Correspondent blog that also reveals his loss of hope for Afghanistan.

KILLED IN ACTION. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2012 Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Shah Marai (center) embraces colleagues Massoud Hossaini (left) and Lawrence Bartlett, after Hossain had won the Pulitzer Prize, at the AFP office in Kabul. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Twin Kabul suicide blasts kill at least 21, including journalists

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred shortly before 8:00am (0330 GMT) near the headquarters of the Afghan intelligence services, the interior ministry says

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Suicide attack on Kabul voter registration center kills 57

Apr 22, 2018 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Concerns about security grow in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20

Afghan residents inspect the site of a suicide bombing outside a voter registration centre in Kabul on April 22, 2018. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on April 22, killing four people and wounding at least 15 in the latest attack on the centres. The assaults underscore growing concerns about security in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for October 20.   / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI

Suicide bomber kills 26 in Kabul attack

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:43 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack – the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks – but the Taliban denies involvement on Twitter

SUICIDE BOMBING. Afghan policemen look on near the site of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul on March 21, 2018. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

The week in photos: January 27-February 2, 2018

Feb 03, 2018 - 7:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A super blue blood moon behind a mountain is seen from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, on January 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Heiko JUNGE / Norway OUT

Gunmen attack Kabul military compound, multiple casualties

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri says 5 soldiers are killed and 10 wounded in the assault claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group via its propaganda arm Amaq

ON ALERT. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on January 29, 2018. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Kabul on high alert after ambulance bomb kills nearly 100

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:31 PM

A security alert issued on Sunday warns that the Islamic State group was planning to attack supermarkets and shops in Kabul frequented by foreigners

AFTERMATH. Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul on January 27, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Ambulance bomb kills 95, wounds 158 in Kabul

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Taliban-claimed assault is the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week

AFTERMATH. Afghan volunteers carry a body at the scene of a car bomb that exploded in front of the old Ministry of Interior Affairs in Kabul on January 27, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP

Kabul hotel attack killed at least 25 – official

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The health ministry official says at least 25 people had been killed, including 13 foreigners. Agence France-Presse independently verifies, however, that 15 foreigners – 7 Ukrainians, 4 Americans, two Venezuelans, one German and one Kazakh – died in the massacre.

Several Ukrainians among 18 dead in Taliban attack on Kabul hotel

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say the death toll from the attack on the six-storey Intercontinental Hotel, claimed by the Taliban, could rise as staff were still checking rooms

ON GUARD. Afghan security forces keep watch near the Intercontinental Hotel following an attack in Kabul on January 21, 2018. Shah Marai/AFP

Gunmen storm Kabul luxury hotel, multiple casualties

Jan 21, 2018 - 1:41 AM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest assault in the war-torn Afghan capital that follows a series of security warnings in recent days to avoid hotels and other locations frequented by foreigners

ATTACK. Four gunmen opened fire in the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, Screenshot from Intercontinental Hotel Kabul website

Around 40 killed in ISIS-claimed attack targeting Shiites in Kabul

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The attack was aimed at the Tabayan cultural center in the west of the city, says a deputy interior ministry spokesman

6 killed in ISIS-claimed suicide attack near Afghan spy agency

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish says 6 civilians in a car were killed when the attacker blew himself up

Militants storm Afghanistan spy training center

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Afghan security forces battle the militants, besieged in a construction site at the National Directorate of Security (NDS), for hours before killing at least two attackers

ATTACK. An Afghan policeman shouts as he keeps watch at the side of an ongoing attack in Kabul on December 18, 2017. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Suicide bomber attacks Kabul's diplomatic zone, 5 dead – officials

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first attack targeting the Afghan capital's 'Green Zone' since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31

BLAST PROBE. Afghan security personnel investigate the site of a suicide bombing in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on October 31, 2017. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

15 Afghan army cadets killed in Taliban attack

Oct 21, 2017 - 10:16 PM

(UPDATED) It is the 2nd suicide bombing in Kabul in 24 hours and the 7th major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death toll to more than 200

Death toll in Kabul Shiite mosque attack jumps to 56 – officials

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

It is one of 2 deadly mosque attacks in Afghanistan on Friday, capping one of the bloodiest weeks in the country in recent memory

MOSQUE ATTACK. An Afghan resident inspects the Imam Zaman Shiite mosque the day after a suicide attack during Friday evening prayers, in Kabul on October 21, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Kabul mosque attack toll jumps to 32 dead, 41 wounded – officials

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) An attacker 'entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city... (and) opened fire on worshippers,' Kabul Crime Branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas says, describing the gunman as a suicide bomber

Suicide bomber kills 3 near Kabul cricket stadium – police

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:16 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack the latest in a series of deadly assaults in the city

Suicide bomber kills 5 in Kabul bank blast

Aug 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED The blast happens outside a bank at a time when many security forces personnel are expected to be collecting their salaries ahead of this week s Eid holiday

Shiites bury Kabul mosque attack dead as toll rises to 28

Aug 26, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Four attackers set off explosions and fire gunshots as they siege the Emam Zaman mosque

ISIS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED All the attackers had been killed and the compound secured roughly 4 hours after the assault began Afghanistan s interior ministry says

KABUL ATTACK. Afghan security forces look on near the site of an ongoing attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on July 31, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/ AFP

At least 26 killed in Kabul car bomb claimed by Taliban

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:31 AM

6th UPDATE The bus s charred remains are left smoking in the middle of the road as the wounded are rushed to hospitals in ambulances as well as private cars and taxis The Taliban claims responsibility for the blast

CHARRED. Afghan security forces remove a damaged bus after a car bomb attack in western Kabul on July 24, 2017. Wakil Kohsar/AFP

At least 29 dead as car bomb hits bank in southern Afghanistan

Jun 22, 2017 - 4:46 PM

UPDATED No group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack but it comes as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide spring offensive despite government calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan