17 people including ten policemen killed in Takhar, Kabul

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It was the third suicide attack in Kabul in a fortnight.

Afghanistan's top politicians, including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and his deputy Mohammad Mohaqiq, a senior Hazara figure, also attended the event.

Afghanistan has been hit by a series of deadly suicide attacks in the last few months, killing over 150 people, particularly in Kabul.

The local TOLO news said the explosion occurred close to Mosalla-e-Mazari area in Kabul's sixth district. One policeman was among the dead. The rest were civilians. Well-placed sources said that the United States drone carried out attack in Sultankhel area of Kunar province adjacent to Bajaur Agency. Afghan security personnel captured 13 suspected Taliban militants during an operation in Nangarhar province, a local official said.

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"Security forces didn't allow us to move afterwards", he said.

Up to nine police personnel were killed as Taliban militants stormed security checkpoints in Khashik and Shahbaz neighborhoods outside Ghazni city, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, spokesman for provincial government Arif Nuri said.

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In January Taliban gunmen killed 20 people at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel in an assault which led to a 12-hour standoff between gunmen and security forces. The casualty figures could not be immediately verified.

Islamabad has for years has asked officials in Washington and Kabul to take action against Fazlullah and other Pakistani Taliban believed to be hiding in neighboring Afghanistan and crossing the porous Afghan-Pakistan border to launch attacks inside Pakistan.

Alice Wells, a US principal deputy assistant secretary of state in charge of South and Central Asian affairs, said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer of talks with the Taliban without any preconditions was the "most specific and forward-leaning proposal" for peace since the USA -led invasion in 2001. In return, Ghani said the militants should officially recognize the Afghan government and constitution.

While reiterating Pakistan's call on the Taliban to renounce violence and agree to join the peace talks, Ambassador Lodhi told the 15-member council that both Afghan parties - the government and the Taliban - should seize the opportunity for peace by entering into dialogue aimed at ending the prolonged conflict to usher in durable peace in Afghanistan.

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Fazlullah and his Taliban militants are part of ongoing frustration from the USA and Kabul toward Pakistan's efforts to combat insurgents.

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