Soldiers among scores killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan- Taliban militants killed 18 soldiers in a pre-dawn assault on a military base in Afghanistan's western Farah province, the Ministry of Defense said, in the deadliest of a string of attacks that shook Afghanistan on Saturday.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Kabul attack took place in the Shash Darak area near North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and not far from the U.S. Embassy.

In another attack, a person was killed in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul Kabul today.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.

The Taliban also staged two suicide strikes in Helmand Province, including the one involving the explosive-laden Humvee, which are armored and are sometimes able to drive through defensive fire.

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said six people were wounded in the attack in the Shash Darak area of Kabul, near North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and not far from the U.S. Embassy.

Islamic State claimed responsibility in a message carried by its Amaq news agency.

Three people were killed and five others injured in Saturday's suicide attack in the Shashdarak area of Kabul, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told CNN. An official said on Friday.

The deadly explosion followed an blast in national capital of Kabul during which one civilian and two security forces died and five people injured. He said two other soldiers were wounded in the attack in the Bala Buluk district.

The recent attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces more than 16 years after the USA -led invasion toppled the Taliban.

"The fighting between the Taliban and the army continued for more than two hours", he said.

The Western-backed government is under growing public pressure to set aside rivalries and improve security.

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a vehicle bomb attack in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province on February 24, 2018.

Insurgent attacks on Afghan security force facilities have intensified since the end of NATO's combat mission in 2014.

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