‘Abudullah, Abdullah Escapes Assassination From Two Bombs’

#AceBreakingNews – KABUL (Reuters) – June 06 – Abdullah Abdullah, front-runner in Afghanistan’s presidential election, escaped assassination on Friday when two bombs blew up outside a hotel where he had just staged a rally, killing six people.

The midday blasts, one caused by a suicide bomber, destroyed a car in Abdullah’s convoy, police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said. One of the dead was a bodyguard.

Twenty-two people were injured.

Television images showed the charred remains of the car alongside shattered shop fronts in a densely populated western district of Kabul.

“When I was leaving the rally from the People’s Islamic Unity Party, our car was hit by a roadside bomb and destroyed,” Abdullah said at another rally soon afterwards.

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` Afghanistan Violence is on the Increase as Taliban Launches its Spring Offensive ‘

At least 47 Taliban militants were killed following military operations conducted by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

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The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were conducted by Afghan national police in cooperating with the Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – national directorate of security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added that the militants were killed in Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunduz, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Paktika, Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

Interior ministry said at least 14 Taliban militants were injured and 12 others were detained during the operations.

Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives during the operations, interior ministry said.

Afghan national police forces discovered and seized three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during operations in Kunduz and Balkh provinces.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were planted by Taliban militants to carry out terrorist attacks.

An Afghan official says militants have attacked police checkpoints in the country’s east, leaving three people dead and eight wounded.

The deputy provincial governor of Ghazni province says groups of militants, including some on motorbikes, attacked three police checkpoints. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi says the attacks happened on the outskirts of the city of Ghazni early on Monday.

The attacks left one policeman and two civilian women dead. Ahmadi says two policemen and six civilians were wounded, including three children.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last week, the Taliban said they would launch their spring offensive on May 12.

Elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan, attackers targeted a police vehicle and detonated a roadside bomb in Jalalabad on Monday. Six people were wounded, including two policemen.

On Sunday (KhaamaPress) At least two Afghan national army soldiers and 90 anti-government armed militants were killed in latest wave of violence across the country.

Defense ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said the two Afghan national army soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours.

Azimi did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident however he said the two Afghan soldiers were martyred following improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

He also added that 90 anti-government armed militants were killed following military operations in Wardak, Ghazni and Zabul provinces.

According to Gen. Azimi, a number of militants were also injured and three others were arrested during the operations in the past 24 hours.

He said Afghan soldiers also confiscated weapons, ammunition and explosives along with six motorcycles during the operations.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding  the report so far.

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