Pakistan denies charges of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan's Ghazni attack

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A suicide bombing in Kabul on Wednesday killed dozens of teenagers studying for university entrance exams at an educational center in a Shiite neighborhood, according to wire reports.

Afghan Shiite mourners offer funeral prayers on August 16, 2018, for nine victims of a suicide attack in Kabul.

The president held talks with senior security officials and governor of Ghazni who was reportedly out of the country when the city came under attack last Friday.

Ghani directed security officials to reconstruct Ghazni police headquarters and establish more security check points in the city to ensurethe safety of the residents.

"Clashes are ongoing and the area is cordoned off by the Afghan security forces", said Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai.

On Tuesday, the AP says, the Taliban killed 17 soldiers in northern Faryab province after besieging an army base for several days.

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Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic provincial capital on Wednesday, as shopkeepers and residents warily returned to the streets after days of intense ground fighting and USA airstrikes. It said 57 people were wounded in the bombing, part of spate of attacks against a branch of Islam that the Islamic State considers heretical. Human rights watchdog Amnesty International described the attack as a "war crime".

Amnesty warned it proved "beyond any doubt that Afghanistan and, in particular, its capital Kabul, are not safe", and said European countries must stop returning Afghan refugees to the war-torn country. Sima was in the front row of the classroom in the single-room building where the explosion occurred. "Gen Bajwa, you signed a document with us and told me repeatedly in our conversations over the phone that when the elections (in Pakistan) are over you will pay attention to it". We are under attack everywhere.

Fareba was traumatized that so many of her friends were killed, but Hossain said she was lucky to be alive. "Commerce going on. That sort of thing", he said.

While friends and relatives were holding ceremonies for the blast victims, a group of armed men attacked a training compound operated by the national intelligence agency in another area of Kabul.

Kandahar was the religious heartland of the Taliban during their five-year rule that ended with the 2001 invasion by US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

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