Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Taliban Kill 16 Officers in Coordinated Attacks in Afghanistan

Taliban Kill 16 Officers in Coordinated Attacks in Afghanistan

ISIS said "our martyrdom brother" targeted a group of Shiite people outside the voter registration center in the Dashte Barchi neighborhood.

A second attack on Sunday in the northern province of Baghlan left six people dead, including three women and two children, in a roadside explosion.

Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said that the bomber had blown himself up at the centre's entrance gate.

Police immediately blocked all roads to the blast site, with only ambulances allowed in. Local TV stations broadcast live footage of hundreds of distraught locals gathered at nearby hospitals seeking word about loved ones.

In February, several people were killed and injured in a suicide attack in the Shashdarak area of Kabul, not far from the Kabul Green Zone where many diplomatic compounds are located. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

The attack took place at a government office where people were registering to vote for the country's upcoming October parliamentary elections.

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The New York Times notes that there have been other attempts to disrupt the Afghan government's efforts to register voters over the last week, including smaller attacks on registration officers and election officials.

Voter registration began this month but there have already been a number of attacks apparently aimed at disrupting the preparations.

Sunday's attack was Kabul's deadliest since at least 100 people were killed in a district full of government buildings and embassies in January.

Both ISIS and the more well-established Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan in recent years.

Afghanistan is suffering a wave of violence from IS and the Taliban as it gears up for parliamentary elections in October. The voter registration process started on April 14.

The site also distributes national identification cards for voters, who have no IDs yet.

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