KABUL: Nearly two dozen Afghan soldiers and three others have been killed in multiple attacks across the country.
At least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed on Saturday in the Bala Boluk district of western Farah province when Taliban fighters stormed an army checkpoint.
Meanwhile, two suicide car bombers killed at least two soldiers and wounded dozen others in southern Helmand province.
In the first attack in Helmand province, Taliban fighters used a Humvee to enter an army base in Nad Ali district but were identified by soldiers and pushed away. At least two soldiers were killed in the incident.
A second suicide car bomber targeted an NDS compound near a police headquarters in Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar Gah. At least seven people were wounded.
In a separate attack in the capital Kabul on Saturday morning, a suicide bomber killed at least three people near the diplomatic area of the city. The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.
According to Najib Danish, the ministry of interior spokesman, the suicide bombing took place in Kabul’s Shash Darak area, bordering the Green Zone.
The area is near the NATO headquarters, and is not far from the US embassy.
The ministry of interior also said six other people were wounded, two of whom are in critical condition.