WORLD Militants' attacks claim 31 lives in Afghanistan

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Militants' attacks claim 31 lives in Afghanistan

Xinhua

16:51, November 02, 2020

KABUL, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Anti-government militants' attacks have left at least 31 dead and 24 injured on Monday, as the armed insurgents targeted Kabul University and security personnel elsewhere throughout the day, officials said.

Afghan police arrive at the site of an attack at Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Gunfire erupted at the university in the Afghan capital early Monday and police have surrounded the sprawling campus, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The armed militants in a brazen attack stormed Kabul University on Monday, triggering a gun battle, which left 22 dead including three attackers, and 22 others injured, Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said.

In talks with Xinhua, Arian confirmed that 19 persons were killed due to the militants' attack and 22 others injured. However, he didn't identify the victims, saying an investigation is underway to determine the victims' identity if they were students.

However, he blamed the Taliban group for the attack, claiming the Taliban outfit is "behind the crime."

In the meantime, locals at the site believed that the number of casualties could be higher than reported.

Militants' attack in the shape of roadside bombing claimed the lives of seven persons, all civilians in the southern Helmand province on Monday, provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan told reporters.

According to the governor, a mine planted by Taliban militants on a road in Bolan area outside Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gah struck a mini-bus Monday morning, killing seven people including women and children.

Similarly, a car bomb went off next to a security base in Zarmat district of eastern Paktia province in the wee hours of Monday, killing two security personnel and wounding two others, provincial police chief Lutfullah Kamran said.

In the meantime, a spokesman for Defense Ministry, Fawad Aman told local media on Monday evening that the Taliban outfit has launched attacks on 27 out of the country's 34 provinces over the past 24 hours to gain more ground amid the peace talks in Doha, but all the attacks have been beaten back.

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