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The death toll from a suicide attack on Afghan protesters has soared to 68, officials said on September 12, as violence flares across the country ahead of elections and a key Islamic holy day.

The bombing on Tuesday in the eastern province of Nangarhar was the latest in a wave of deadly insurgent attacks which has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and security forces across Afghanistan.

The blast wounded another 165 people, provincial governor spokesman Ataullah...

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year due to conflict, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has said.

A total of 206,615 people were displaced between January 1 and September 2, according to a report published late Tuesday. The figure is up by at least 44,000 since dpa reported on displacements just over a month ago.

The number includes more than 30,000 people who were temporarily...

Afghan officials say the air strike in Kunduz province killed at least 80 militants. Taliban denies its members were targeted, saying the attack killed and wounded 150 civilians.

"Air capacity was used and bombed (the location), 80 people were killed including nine of their commanders, Qari Baryal and Saikh Abdul Aziz who were trained in Pakistan to threat Afghan people were killed as well," said defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish of the attack in Dasht-i Archi district of...