ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack Aimed At Afghan Hazaras

Afghanistan Pakistani Taliban chief’s son among 20 killed in US drone strike

The United States has called for the Taliban to "step up" and engage the Afghan government in peace talks to end the 16-year conflict.

Kabul has recently seen a spate of large-scale militant attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State.

The most lethal suicide bombing against Hazaras came in 2016, killing more than 80 people.

Afghan officials investigate the site of a suicide bomb attack near a Shi'ite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan March 9, 2018.

One policeman and six civilians were killed; 15 civilians wounded.

The announcement came a day after Fazlullah's son was reported killed in a USA drone strike in Afghanistan.

"These people who do this are acting against humanity and against Islam", he said.

Also, Pakistani Taliban on Friday confirmed the loss of their 21 members in a rare U.S. drone strike on their alleged training facility in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province near the border with Pakistan's Mohmand Agency.

Speaking at the US Institute of Peace, a Congress-supported think-tank, she said: "The Taliban were at war with the Afghan people long before US military operations began in 2001".

Local Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq told the gathering that the explosion was an attempt to terrorize Afghans.

The death toll has risen to nine, Waheed Majroh, spokesman for the Health Ministry said.

The overnight Taliban attack in northern Takhar Province took place in a remote region of the district of Khwaja Ghar.

The Taliban also ambushed members of the local police who were sent to assist the soldiers, killing 10 policemen and wounding nine, provincial police spokesman Khali Aseir said.

In a response to a recent letter from the Taliban to the USA, the Trump team has ruled out withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, a pre-condition set by the rebels for talks.

The report couldn't be independently confirmed because of the area's remoteness.

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