Kabul blast highlights risk to long-delayed Afghan vote

An Afghan man walks outside a voter registration center which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul Sunday

Ten people including six militants and four police were killed as clash erupted between Taliban and security forces in Jaghato district of Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province on Tuesday, spokesman for provincial government Aref Nuri said.

Hundreds of grieving Afghans buried their loved ones in Kabul on Monday amid growing anger over a suicide attack on a voter registration centre that killed 57 people, including children, and wounded over 100.

Sharafuddin Majidi, spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed the casualty tolls. On Tuesday, gunmen attacked a voter registration centre in the central province of Ghor, kidnapping three election workers and two policemen.

The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles. The blast, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, caused carnage in the street in the heavily Shiite- populated western neighbourhood.

With this attack it has become clear that Afghanistan's biggest threat - in terms of brazen and heinous attacks on civilian populations - is the IS and not the Taliban anymore.

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Since the formal end of NATO's combat mission in January 2015, the Afghan government has been steadily losing ground to insurgents and now controls only 57 per cent of the country, according to the US Special Inspector General for Reconstruction of Afghanistan.

In a tragic day for Afghanistan, an Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber killed at least 61 people including women and children and wounded 112 outside a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, in yet another attack that targets the country's election preparations. The three were brothers, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks in Farah, Mehri blamed the Taliban who are active and have stepped up their attacks against Afghan security forces.

The latest violence comes as United States and the Afghan troops have been conducting counter-terrorism operations and airstrikes across Afghanistan, including in Nangarhar, to root out IS and prevent the group from expanding its footprint in the country.

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