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On Thursday, officials reported a string of attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least 20 people, including women and children.
Officials reported a string of attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday that killed at least 20 people, according to the Associated Press.
A roadside bomb in southern Helmand province killed 10 civilians, including women and children, traveling in a minibus. The bus was headed to a wedding party, the BBC reports.
Reuters reported two more attacks. In Laghman province a roadside bomb killed five soldiers, and in Kandahar city a motorbike suicide bomber exploded near a police station, killing three policemen and wounding four.
As of yet, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, a Helmand governor spokesman blamed the Taliban.
Many have noted the increase of insurgent attacks as the United States 2014 withdrawal date approaches.
The Afghanistan army has about 352,000 members, though, as the AP reports, morale is low and the desertion rate high.
Al Jazeera reports from Nolay, Afghanistan, where the Afghan National Army is now leading the battle against the insurgency: