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Rogue Afghan policeman kills five colleagues

Kandahar - A rogue Afghan policeman drugged his colleagues before shooting five of them dead, officials said Thursday, the latest in a series of "insider attacks" which have blighted pro-government forces battling the Taliban.

Afghan civilians, soldiers killed in separate attacks

Khost - Nine people were killed and eighteen injured in two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, authorities said, days after a fresh round of international talks aimed at reviving dialogue with the Islamist group.

Taliban suicide bomber kills 20 police outside Kabul base

Kabul - Twenty policemen were killed Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber struck their base in Kabul Monday, officials said, just days before a fresh round of international talks aimed at reviving dialogue with the Islamist group.

Taliban suicide bomber kills at least nine outside Kabul police base

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber struck a police base in central Kabul Monday, killing at least nine people just days before a fresh round of international talks aimed at reviving dialogue with the Islamist group.

Suicide car bomb rocks police base in Kabul, casualties reported

Kabul - A suicide car bomb rocked a police base in central Kabul on Monday, leaving several bodies strewn around the area, officials and an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

Messi seeks to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey

Kabul - Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.

Afghan president vows to 'bury' Islamic State franchise

Kabul - President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to "bury" the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan, a report said, after Washington granted the US military legal authority to strike the jihadists in the country.

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

Kabul - The Afghan Taliban Sunday reiterated their pre-conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Kabul, including their removal from international terror blacklists, at an informal meeting with lawmakers and activists in Doha.

Seven dead as suicide bomber hits Afghan TV channel bus

Kabul - Seven people were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying employees of popular Afghan TV channel TOLO, just months after the Taliban declared the network a legitimate "military target".

Afghan Taliban search for man who cut off wife's nose

Tarin Kowt - The Afghan Taliban said Wednesday they were searching for a man who cut off his wife's nose, condemning the attack as "un-Islamic", after online images of the young woman sparked widespread outrage.

Afghans revolted after man cuts off wife's nose

Kabul - A photograph of an Afghan woman whose nose was sliced off by her husband in a fit of rage has sparked revulsion across the country, with activists demanding punishment for the "barbaric act".

Afghan Taliban flex muscles with new telecom 'tax'

Kandahar - The Taliban have demanded a hefty new "protection tax" from Afghan mobile phone companies, industry and militant sources told AFP, as the resurgent group tightens its stranglehold on a rare successful business in a slumping war economy.

Suicide bomber kills 14 at tribal gathering in Afghan city

Jalalabad - Fourteen people were killed Sunday when a suicide bomber struck a gathering of tribal elders at a prominent politician's home in Jalalabad, the second deadly attack in the eastern Afghan city in less than a week.

Seven Afghan troops dead after siege near Pakistan consulate

Jalalabad - Seven Afghan forces were killed Wednesday when militants launched an hours-long gun and bomb siege near Pakistan's consulate in Jalalabad city, just days after four-country talks in Islamabad aimed at reviving Taliban peace negotiations.

US soldier killed in Afghan mission: NATO

Kabul - A US soldier was killed and two wounded in an operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where Afghan troops are battling to push back Taliban insurgents, a NATO defence official said Tuesday.

Siege near India's Afghan consulate ends after 25 hours

Balkh - A 25-hour gun and bomb siege near the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city ended late Monday, after a bloody weekend assault on an air base in India near the Pakistan border.

Powerful car bomb attack near Kabul airport

Kabul - A powerful car bomb struck near Kabul's international airport on Monday evening, just hours after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the war-scarred Afghan capital.

Suicide bomber strikes near Kabul airport: Officials

Kabul - A suicide bomber on Monday struck a street leading to Kabul's international airport, officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks on the Afghan capital.

Gun battles rage near Indian consulate in Afghan city

Balkh - Gunfights raged on Monday as Afghan forces battled to flush out militants holed up near the Indian consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, hours after they attempted to storm the diplomatic mission.

Shock, anger after deadly Taliban attack on Kabul French eatery

Kabul - Emotions ran high Saturday in a Kabul neighbourhood where a Taliban suicide bomber struck a French restaurant popular with expats, killing two people including a 12-year-old boy hit by flying shrapnel.
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