US Calls On Afghan Taliban To 'Step Up' After Peace Offer

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The Islamic State, or the Khorasan Province as its affiliate in Afghanistan is known, claimed responsibility in a posting on an Islamic State-linked website.

Afghan officials gave a wide range of figures for the number of casualties: a security source told AFP 13 people were killed and more than 30 wounded.

The attacker set off his explosives before passing through a police screening post, suggesting that he may have triggered the bomb after a policeman spotted it. Rahim said three policemen were killed.

She also said Washington had not seen "decisive and sustained changes from Pakistan", which Afghan and USA officials have accused of supporting the Taliban.

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

In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked an army outpost overnight in an hourslong firefight and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 policemen.

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Friday's attack came less than two weeks after President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks in a country which has been at war for decades.

Last December, dozens were killed in an attack on a Shia cultural center claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terror group, which has been growing in size and expanding its operations in the country over the past two years.

The Taliban said in a statement that 29 soldiers and police were killed in the attack, including four commanders.

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

"Suicide attacks are a part of our daily life that we see but can't do anything about", said Hayad, who uses only one name, and is a resident of the Hazara neighbourhood where the explosion took place.

Mujahid also claimed responsibility for that attack.

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