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Afghan policemen keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan

Afghan policemen keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan

In Friday's attack, Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the bomber was on foot and was trying to make his way to a compound where the Hazaras had gathered to commemorate the 1995 death of their leader, Abdul Ali Mazari, who was killed by the Taliban.

Amin said the bomber detonated his explosive device at a checkpoint "after being identified by police".

The most lethal suicide bombing against Hazaras came in 2016, killing more than 80 people.

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Among the dead were two policemen, he said. Ghani had said the Afghan government will provide facilities and security for those Taliban who join the peace process.

The bomber appeared to have meant to attack a crowd gathered to mark the anniversary of the killing of Hazara political leader Abdul Ali Mazari by the Taliban in 1995, but he was stopped before reaching the main gathering.

"We were inside the mosque when a loud explosion took place". He claimed the Taliban had inflicted a far higher number of casualties but the insurgents often exaggerate their claims.

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The U.S. has been critical of Pakistan's security efforts.

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban says the son of their chief, Mullah Fazlullah, was among 21 "holy warriors" killed this week when missiles fired by a US drone struck a seminary in Afghanistan.

In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five in a blistering hours-long attack, Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.

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Tadamichi Yamamoto told the Security Council Thursday the Taliban's argument that it won't talk to the government because the conflict is not between Afghan parties "misrepresents the reality".

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