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Taliban kill 21 Afghan security forces, threaten city: official

KABUL: Taliban fighters killed more than 20 Afghan security forces in simultaneous raids on a provincial capital and district in northern Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday, as the city braced for further violence. Hundreds of militants were outside Sar-e-Pul city, which provincial governor spokesman Zabihullah Amani said was at risk of falling to the Taliban if reinforcements were not sent. "The enemy is still amassing forces outside the city," Amani told AFP. "We have deployed all the forces available in the city,…

12 killed in Bangladesh election day violence

DHAKA: At least 12 people were killed in election-day clashes in Bangladesh Sunday, after a bloody campaign overshadowed by a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is expected to win a historic but controversial fourth term. Three men were shot by police while eight others died in clashes between activists from the ruling Awami League Party and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), police said. An auxiliary police member was killed after being attacked by opposition activists armed with…

12 Afghan security men killed in suicide attack: police

KANDAHAR: At least a dozen Afghan security force personnel were killed in a suicide attack driving with an explosives-packed vehicle in Kandahar. The Taliban claimed the deadly assault on the government and police headquarters in Maroof district that also wounded several others. "Twelve security personnel were killed and four others were wounded," Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani told AFP. Durrani said the Taliban attackers had been "defeated". A border police commander in Maroof, which borders Pakistan,…