KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A sticky bomb detonated in the Afghan capital Kabul killing one person and wounding 13 others, officials said Saturday.

Wahid Majro, spokesman for the public health ministry, reported the casualty figures of the blast in the Chaman-e-Hozoori area in the 8th police district of the city.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, said the device went off near a tent set up by members of the Afghan civil society in support of Pashtuns against atrocities in Pakistan.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and the local affiliate of the Islamic State group have recently stepped up their attack in the capital and other parts of country as well.

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AP: Afghanistan: Car bomb near stadium kills 13, says official


A man carries a wounded boy in a hospital, after a car bombing outside a sports stadium in Lashkargah, capital city of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, Friday, March 23, 2018. Provincial chief of police Abdul Ghafar Safi said the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber and that the target was civilians. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing outside a sports stadium in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Friday killed 13 people and wounded 40 others, an official said.

Aminullah Abed, the chief of the province’s public health department, said the casualties were received at a hospital in the province’s capital, Lashkar Gah, with six of the wounded in critical condition and many others burnt beyond recognition.

The explosion occurred after Afghan new year celebrations were winding down and revelers were on their way home, he added.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said 14 people were killed and 45 others wounded.

Provincial chief of police Abdul Ghafar Safi said the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber and that the target was civilians. No high ranking officials were present or harmed at the stadium, he added.

The office of Afghan president Ashraf Ghani issued a statement condemning the “brutal terrorist attack.”

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Atmar says country facing a sensitive situation, seeks national support for govt

The Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar says the country is facing a sensitive situation as he sought national support to government during a meeting with the Afghans based in Washington. The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) in a statement said Mr. Atmar discussed government’s peace offer, fight against terrorism, efforts to

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Tehran supports Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process: Kharazi

Amid ongoing efforts to start direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban group, the Iranian officials have said Tehran support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. Iran’s head of Strategic Council for Relations Syed Ali Naqi Kharazi reaffirmed Tehran’s support to the Afghan peace process during a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

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5 ISIS militants killed in Kunar and Nangarhar drone strikes

At least five militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in a series of airstrikes conducted in eastern Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the airstrikes were carried out by the US military using unmanned aerial vehicles.

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