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Two attacks target the capital Kabul, one strike at Ghazni province and another has been reported in the eastern region of Khost.

At least four people have been killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan, officials said on Monday, raising new concerns over the fate of peace talks which have been suspended at least until next month.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but a local ISIL affiliate (ISIS) opposed to the peace process continued to regularly target civilians and Afghan security forces.

The Taliban have ended their attacks on the United States and international forces, but continue to target Afghan security forces even as the group held talks with the Washington-backed government this year.

The Taliban attacked a police headquarters in western Farah province on Monday, killing one policeman and injuring three others, according to Mohibullah Mohib, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

He said the attack began when a suicide bomber was shot dead by police. However, his vehicle exploded, and then armed men opened fire. He said at least four attackers were killed and eight others wounded.

In eastern Ghazni province, two employees of the provincial revenue agency were shot dead, according to Ahmad Khan Serat, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

In the eastern province of Khost, a roadside bomb killed a member of the security forces and injured two others, including a member of the provincial council, according to Kafel Rayan, head of the provincial council.

In two explosions on Monday in the capital Kabul, at least six people were injured, Kabul police said.

One targeted employees of the National Statistics Authority, who were in a minibus in the Guzargah neighborhood. The explosion also injured at least six people, said Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for Kabul’s police chief. He said the bomb was placed on a bicycle.

Earlier Monday, a sticky bomb detonated a vehicle belonging to security forces in the city’s Kolola Pushta neighborhood, but left no victims, Faramarz said, adding that investigations into the two bombings had started.

Security officials also said police in Kabul defused two bombs that were placed near an orphanage and residential house, as explosions and targeted killings became a new normal in the capital. these last months.

Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who took charge of security in Kabul more than two months ago, said on Monday that the number of
the police force in Kabul will be doubled.

Saleh said basic knowledge of detection and investigation will be the main criteria for new hires.


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