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A resurgent Taliban has been blamed for much of the uptick in violence in Afghanistan since the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces ended their combat missions in 2014.

In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban assaulted an army outpost overnight in an hours-long firefight, and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 members of the local police.

Afghanistan has been hit by a series of deadly suicide attacks in the last few months, killing over 150 people, particularly in Kabul.

The bomber appeared to have meant to attack a crowd gathered to mark the anniversary of the killing of Hazara political leader Abdul Ali Mazari by the Taliban in 1995, but he was stopped before reaching the main gathering. One policeman was among the dead.

A spokesman for the Kabul police chief said the bomber was stopped at the checkpoint near the gathering when he detonated explosives.

Shortly after the attack, President Ghani issued a statement condemning the bombing and promising that those behind it, if found and convicted, would be given the death penalty.

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She said that senior officials of the USA and Pakistan are engaged in an "intensive dialogue".

Alleging that the Taliban had been indifferent to the Afghan people, she said the USA sees that in their targeting of civilians or use of civilians as shields to the effort, there is an enormous cost that Afghanistan has borne.

Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, and Sunni militant groups consider all Shiites heretics and urge followers to kill them.

According to Tolo News, the Ministry of Interior's deputy spokesman Nusrat Rahimi confirmed the death toll and said the explosion occurred in Kabul's PD6 in the west of the city close to a ceremony on the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, the slain leader of the Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan.

The trilateral meeting, she said, was to review how the three countries can better work together on development trade and investment priorities.

The statement issued by the department describes Maulana Fazlullah as the leader of the TTP, a terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and United States interests, including the failed attempt by Faisal Shahzad to detonate an explosive device in New York City's Times Square on May 1, 2010. The report could not be independently confirmed because of the area's remoteness. Another five officers were wounded in the gunbattle, he said.

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