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Taliban militants have captured a key Afghan district after a year-long offensive bringing further fears of ramped up insurgency for the Kabul government.
A suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint in southern Helmand province manned by intelligence officers, in the latest attack by Taliban insurgents on Afghan security.
The Taliban's infamous Spring offensive seems well underway with another bombing leave Kabul shocked and wondering whether security forces can control the volatile situation.
IS-linked media said its militants carried out an undercover attack at an Afghan military hospital in Kabul, as security forces struggle to cope with a growing insurgency.
Afghanistan is reeling from another suspected Taliban attack, as an ongoing firefight rages between security forces and militants, holed up in a military hospital.