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Hunting Taliban ahead of the Afghan election

In a small village in a poppy-covered valley in eastern Afghanistan, a group of soldiers rest and eat after shelling the Taliban for several hours -- until a burst of gunfire cuts lunch short. The men of the Afghan army's fourth infantry brigade have been tasked with clearing the Taliban from the Khogyani and Sherzad districts of the restive province of Nangarhar, ahead of Saturday's presidential election first round.

Taliban attack Afghan election HQ in Kabul

Taliban insurgents attacked the Afghan election commission's heavily-fortified headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, one week ahead of voting and after a series of bloody attacks in the city. Quick-response teams rushed to the area as rockets and gunfire were unleashed from a nearby building, according to officials. "I can confirm an attack at the IEC (Independent Election Commission) headquarters," IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told AFP.

Taliban attack on US guesthouse kills Afghan girl

Taliban militants on Friday attacked a Kabul guesthouse used by a US anti-landmine charity, killing two people including one girl as gunfire and explosions rocked the Afghan capital one week before the presidential election. A terrified group of foreigners, including several young children, briefly took shelter behind a generator on the street as Afghan special force commandos fought militants for more than three hours.

Doctors treating toddler shot by Taliban fear rise in Afghan violence

By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - That Afghan toddler Abuzar survived a bullet fragment to the head during a Taliban attack in Kabul last week is astonishing. The two-year-old, his head heavily bandaged, has emerged from a coma, and the sight of him chuckling during hospital visits from his aunt give doctors hope he can make a full recovery. He may now go to Canada to live with an uncle. That is where the good news ends.

Attacks leave 15 dead in Afghanistan

Kabul, Mar 25 (EFE).- At least 15 people died Tuesday in attacks across Afghanistan just 10 days ahead of an April 5 presidential election that the Taliban have vowed to sabotage. Six civilians died Tuesday and another 20 were wounded in a suicide bombing during a match of the equestrian sport buzkashi in northern Afghanistan, a police official told Efe. The attack took place around 4:30 p.m. in the city of Kunduz, capital of the like-named province, regional police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini told Efe.

15 killed in bloody day of Afghan violence

Taliban militants launched a suicide attack on an election commission office in Kabul on Tuesday, as 15 people died in violence around Afghanistan less than a fortnight before the country's presidential poll. The insurgents have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the ballot on April 5, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces in the run-up to election day. Five people were killed when the insurgents stormed an office of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in the west of the capital.

Afghanistan hints at Pakistan link to hotel attack

Afghanistan on Sunday said an attack on a Kabul hotel that left nine civilians dead, including an AFP journalist, was planned "outside the country" in a veiled reference to Pakistan. The National Security Council (NSC), which is chaired by President Hamid Karzai, also alleged that a Pakistani diplomat was seen scoping out the corridors of the Serena hotel ahead of the Thursday night raid.

Video shows gunmen who killed 9 people at Afghan hotel were searched twice before entering

KABUL - Security guards searched four attackers — twice — before allowing them to enter an Afghan hotel where the young men proceeded to the restaurant and killed nine diners, including two Canadians, a journalist, his wife and two children, according to chilling closed-circuit video broadcast Saturday by a local TV station.

Ottawa condemns Kabul attack that killed two Canadians

The Canadian government on Friday condemned a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel which killed nine people including two of its citizens, and called for the perpetrators to be punished. "Canada condemns this brazen and cowardly terrorist attack on the Serena Hotel, in Kabul, which has claimed the lives of many and left several people injured," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement. Baird offered condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured.

Taliban attack on Kabul hotel kills nine civilians

At least nine civilians including children and foreigners were killed in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan's interior ministry said Friday, the latest violence to hit the country just weeks before the presidential election. Four teenage gunmen with pistols hidden in their socks managed to penetrate several layers of security at the Serena hotel, a prestigious venue favoured by foreign visitors to the capital, on Thursday night. The attack was claimed by the Taliban, who have vowed a campaign of violence to disrupt the April 5 poll.
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