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Deadliest insurgent attacks in Afghanistan

Chronology of some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan since the Islamist regime was toppled from power in 2001

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Kabul: A Taliban-claimed attack on a police training centre in southeast Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 200.

Here is a chronology of some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan since the Islamist regime was toppled from power in 2001:

— November 6, 2007: 79 people killed, including 59 children and six parliamentarians, in a suicide attack in a factory north of Kabul.

— February 17, 2008: 140 are killed, including more than 50 auxiliary police officers, in a suicide attack among a Kandahar crowd gathered for a dogfight.

— July 7, 2008: 60 people killed in a suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul.

— August 25, 2009: 43 civilians killed in Kandahar in a suicide car bombing.

— June 9, 2010: 50 die when a suicide bomber hits a wedding in the south of Kandahar province.

— December 6, 2011: An attack in Kabul kills 80 people on the Shiite holy day of Ashura.

— October 26, 2012: 42 people are killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in the northern province of Faryab during the four-day Eid Al Adha festival.

— April 3, 2013: 46 people, including 36 civilians and 10 security force members, are killed in a Taliban attack against the law court in Farah aimed at freeing insurgents about to go on trial.

— November 23, 2014: At least 57 people are killed when a suicide blast rips through a crowd watching a volleyball match in the Paktika district in eastern Afghanistan.

— December 9-10, 2015: At least 50 people are killed after a 27-hour Taliban siege of Kandahar airport after a group of suicide attackers breach the high-security complex.

— October 26, 2016: Militants linked to the Daesh group abduct and kill around 30 civilians, including children, in central Ghor province.

— April 19, 2016: A truck bomb followed by a shoot-out leaves 64 people dead and more than 340 injured in central Kabul in a Taliban-claimed attack.

— November 21, 2016: A massive suicide blast targeting Shiites kills at least 27 people and wounds 64 at a Kabul mosque in another sectarian attack claimed by Daesh.

— January 10, 2017: Twin blasts near the Afghan parliament kill 38 people and wound 86.

— March 8, 2017: Gunmen disguised as doctors storm Afghanistan’s largest military hospital in a six-hour attack claimed by Daesh. The official death toll is 50 but security sources and survivors say it exceeded 100.

— April 21, 2017: At least 144 people killed after Taliban militants in soldiers’ uniforms and armed with suicide vests storm a military base in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

— May 31, 2017: More than 150 people are killed and hundreds wounded when a massive truck bomb rips through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering windows hundreds of metres away.

— August 1, 2017: A suicide bomber and gunman kill at least 33 people at a packed Shiite mosque in the western city of Herat, in an attack later claimed by Daesh.

— August 25, 2017: An Daesh-claimed suicide bomb and gun attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul kills 28 people and wounds some 50 others.

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