Afghanistan: Taliban and ISIL claim attacks that killed 23

Afghanistan: Taliban and ISIL claim attacks that killed 23

Afghanistan: Taliban and ISIL claim attacks that killed 23

"We have sent more reinforcements to the area", defence ministry spokesman Daulat Wazir said. The place of incident is also not far from the US Embassy.

Early on Saturday, Taliban forces mounted an overnight attack on a base in Farah.

U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, said at a news conference he expected Daesh and the Taliban to continue such attacks.

Afghan officials said a suicide bomber has killed two security personnel and wounded seven in an attack in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The Islamic State group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

That attacker reportedly resented North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and posted pro-Marxist memes online.

Xinhua reported that at least 22 soldiers have been killed.

"We will work hard with our Afghan security counterparts and teammates to help protect the civilians of Afghanistan as much as possible", he said.

The capital has been on high alert since a Taliban suicide bomber blew up an explosive-packed ambulance on a busy street on 27 January, killing more than 100 people and wounding at least 235.

The Taliban claimed both attacks in Helmand.

Although there appears to be no immediate prospect of any negotiations with the insurgents, officials say low-level contacts, aimed at establishing the basis for future talks, have been going on behind the scenes. The Pentagon did not directly comment on the report, but pointed to the latest figures by the NATO-led coalition which asserts that about 56 percent of Afghanistan's territory is under Afghan government control or influence.

Violence has been on the rise as the Afghan security forces struggle against a surge in attacks by anti-government fighters since the drawdown of foreign forces in the past three years.

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