Kabul: 16 security personnel killed in separate Taliban attack

Kabul: 16 security personnel killed in separate Taliban attack

Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards.

The explosion shook the city around 10 am, shattering windows miles from the site of the attack, leaving the pavement covered with bodies and blood stains and destroying nearby vehicles.

It also became known that the responsibility for the awful blow to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has claimed the terrorist group "Islamic state".

The attack comes nearly a month after an IS suicide bomber carried out an attack near a Shiite shrine in Kabul that targeted attendees celebrating the Persian new year.

According to United Nations figures, more than 750 people have been killed or maimed in suicide attacks and bombings by militants during the three months to March. Afghanistan began registering voters on April 14 for the long-delayed legislative elections.

How much will such attacks targeting voter registration centers, and presumably polling stations on Election Day, affect the outcome of the elections?

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Six militants including their commander Qari Sanai were killed and two others injured.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key importance to the credibility of President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed government, which has pledged to hold parliamentary elections this year.

She said security was a concern but it was still too early to say what impact Sunday´s attack may have on registration."The beginning was unexpectedly slow but we´re satisfied and we hope the number of people will increase", she said, adding that the commission had requested that government offices allow staff time off to register.

Both groups want to establish a harsh form of Islamic rule in Afghanistan, and are opposed to democratic elections.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said tens of others were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. Both groups regularly carry out attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces and IS targeting the country's Shiite minority.

Al Khandaq will mainly focus on "crushing, killing and capturing American invaders and their supporters", the Taliban said.

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