Afghanistan attacks kill dozens of security force members, militants and civilians

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Logar, Kabul - The United States and other foreign powers have called for the Taleban to reduce its attacks.

By Reuters

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Published: Wed 22 Apr 2020, 8:11 PM

Last updated: Wed 22 Apr 2020, 10:21 PM

Clashes between Afghan forces and Taleban militants killed dozens nationwide in the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday, even as the United States tries to broker peace talks between the warring sides.
Abdul Qadeer Mutfi, spokesman for the Mine and Petroleum Ministry, said in a tweet that eight Afghan security force members were killed in a Taleban attack on a checkpoint at the Mes Aynak Copper Mine in eastern Logar province on Tuesday evening.
The insurgent group had also attacked several checkpoints in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul, provincial governor spokesman Zabihullah Amani said, killing 11 Afghan security force members, wounding 19 and resulting in one being captured by the Taleban.
Attacks are threatening to derail a fragile peace process, with the Taleban rejecting the Afghan government's repeated calls for a ceasefire as the country also attempts to deal with the growing outbreak of coronavirus and prisoner exchanges take place with an eye to formal peace talks.
After a week-long reduction in violence leading up to the signing of a troop withdrawal agreement with the United States in February, the militant group resumed attacks on Afghan forces, though has held back on attacking foreign forces.
The United States and other foreign powers have called for the Taleban to reduce its attacks, with the commander of US forces this month meeting the Taleban leadership at their political capital in Qatar over the issue.
The Ministry of Interior said in a tweet that a clearance operation in Logar had resulted in 20 Taleban fighters being killed.
In southern Kandahar province, clashes in three districts killed four Afghan security force members and 31 Taleban fighters, according to a provincial police statement.
A roadside blast also killed at least four civilians in central Ghazni province late Tuesday night, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, accusing the Taleban of planting a bomb.
The Taleban spokesman could not immediately be reached for request for comment. The group has not made any public claim of responsibility for Tuesday's attacks.

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