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A week of bloodshed: Deadly attacks in Afghanistan between October 17-23

The past week has been one of the bloodiest in war-weary Afghanistan in recent memory

Afghan police who were injured in a suicide bomb attack that targeted a police training centre receive medical treatment at a hospital in Paktia on October 17, 2017. Ahmadullah Ahmadi / EPA
Afghan police who were injured in a suicide bomb attack that targeted a police training centre receive medical treatment at a hospital in Paktia on October 17, 2017. Ahmadullah Ahmadi / EPA

Monday October 23

An Afghan official said four policemen were killed in a Taliban attack on a security post in the southeastern province of Ghazni

Saturday October 21

Afghan security officials remove a damaged vehicle after a suicide bomb attack targeted the Marshal Fahim military academy in Kabul on Saturday. Hedayatullah Amid / EPA
Afghan security officials remove a damaged vehicle after a suicide bomb attack targeted the Marshal Fahim military academy in Kabul on Saturday. Hedayatullah Amid / EPA

A suicide bomber killed 15 army trainees and wounded four others as they travelled home on a bus from their base in Kabul, the Afghan capital. The Taliban claimed the attack.

Friday October 20

An Afghan man walks inside the Shiite Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on October 21, 2017, the day after a suicide attack struck during evening prayers. Wakil Kohsar / AFP
An Afghan man walks inside the Shiite Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on October 21, 2017, the day after a suicide attack struck during evening prayers. Wakil Kohsar / AFP

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Shiite Imam Zaman mosque during evening prayers in Kabul, killing 56 people and wounding 55 others. ISIL claimed the attack.

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Separately, another suicide bombing killed at least 33 people at a mosque in the central province of Ghor on Friday. That attack appeared to target a local leader from the Jamiat political party, said Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor, a leading figure in Jamiat. No one claimed responsibility.

Thursday October 19

Around 50 soldiers were killed in a Taliban assault on a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. The militants razed the base to the ground.

Afghan soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Jalalabad on October 19 2017. Security in Nangarhar province was intensified following a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province that killed around 50 soldiers earlier in the day. Ghulamullah Habibi / EPA
Afghan soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Jalalabad on October 19 2017. Security in Nangarhar province was intensified following a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province that killed around 50 soldiers earlier in the day. Ghulamullah Habibi / EPA

Elsewhere, Taliban insurgents besieged a police headquarters in Ghazni province, attacking it for the second time in a week.

Tuesday October 17

Afghan security personnel walk through the site of a suicide attack that struck a police training centre in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, on October 17, 2017. Farid Zahir /  AFP
Afghan security personnel walk through the site of a suicide attack that struck a police training centre in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, on October 17, 2017. Farid Zahir / AFP

Dozens of security personnel were killed and scores wounded in Taliban attacks on a police headquarters in Ghazni province and a police training centre in the eastern province of Paktia. A senior provincial commander was among the dead.