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Afghan violence marks anniversary of Taliban's downfall

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Afghan violence marks anniversary of Taliban's downfall


Afghanistan has been hit by a fresh wave of violence, nine years to the day since the fall of the Taliban.

Security forces say they have thwarted a attack on Jalalabad airport and a nearby NATO base in the east. Up to 10 insurgents have been killed.

No casualties are reported in the NATO-led force ISAF or the Afghan army. In Kunduz province in the north today, at least eight people, mostly civilians, were killed by a motorcycle bomb in a marketplace. Around 20 other people were injured.

The attacks come the day after a suicide car bomber attacked an ISAF convoy in Kabul.

Fourteen suicide bombers were involved in the latest assault at Jalalabad, according to the Taliban.

Violence is at its worst level nationwide since the militant regime was overthrown by US-backed Afghan forces on November 13 2001. Civilian and military casualties are at record levels, with public support for the war sagging in the United States and Europe.

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